On Tuesday, October 10th, NJ Governor Phil Murphy will attend a resident-organized candlelight vigil on the Hoboken waterfront to honor victims of Saturday’s attacks in Israel by the militant group Hamas. Read on for details about the vigil.
The Hoboken Hearts Israel vigil will take place at Pier A near the Hoboken train terminal, but on the waterfront. Organizers shared it begins at 8PM.
Per ABC 7 New York, Governor Murphy is slated to attend the event and is expected to give a speech, alongside other members of the Jewish community and several local officials.
According to Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fischer, Hoboken has the second-highest Israeli population in New Jersey. In a statement to constituents, Tiffanie said: “I personally count several as my close friends. My heart, as I know yours does too, is aching for them and their friends and family back home.”
There will also be a vigil on Thursday, October 12th in Millburn. Per Patch, Millburn released a town message saying: “The vigil is to be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7PM outside Town Hall, on Town Hall Plaza. There will be candles available, or you can bring your own.”
If you’re looking for ways to give back or help, here is a list (send additions to firstname.lastname@example.org):
JGive – All donations collected will be distributed to charities that offer relief services, welfare, equipment, food, and other necessities to the victims of the war.
Jewish Federations of North America launched an emergency fundraising effort to support victims affected by the war. The organization is working with their core partners to help rebuild damaged infrastructure and address trauma caused by the attacks.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is accepting online donations to provide support to those in Israel and the occupied territories. Members from the organization visit detainees in Israeli and Palestinian places of detention and work to improve access to essential services.
Save the Children, which provides aid to children affected by violence and disaster around the world, is accepting donations to provide food and shelter to children impacted by the conflict. Donations to the Children’s Emergency Fund can be made online.
On Sunday, a website called “Swords of Steel” was set up, where concerned citizens can enter names of missing loved ones, and others can volunteer their resources to help search.