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UPDATE Members of Westport’s and Weston’s clergy said today an interfaith candlelight vigil will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. on Veterans Green across from Town Hall following the Newtown school shooting.

“It will be a time for us to gather at a community service to express our sympathy for the families of all impacted and our solidarity with our neighboring town,” said Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton, chair of the Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport and Weston.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he responded to a request to use the town property for the event and that police will provide security and the fire department would arrange extra lighting.

In case of rain, the service will moved inside to the Town Hall Auditorium, he said.

Weiderhorn told his congregation in an email: “We are all shocked and saddened by today’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

“Words cannot express the depth of the pain that the families of the victims must be experiencing today. Our hearts and prayers go out to them.”

Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel, in an email to congregation members, said mention of the shooting will be made at the synagogue’s evening services today.

“These is very little one can say in the face of such a tragedy,” the rabbi said.

“The arguments about gun control will begin anew, and communities, including ours, will reassess security procedures.

“For now, however, our thoughts must be with the families of those who died in such an unthinkable and unimaginable way.”

He added: “For now, let us hold our children tight and be thankful for each day of life. And, let us, each in his or her own way, find a moment to think about those who died today:  May the souls of the dead be bound up in the bonds of eternal life.

“And, let us find a moment to think about those who lost loved ones today, for their lives will never be the same.”

Posted 12/14 at 09:06 PM

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