An Appeal for Healing and Solidarity

Residents of Abington Township and Cheltenham Township are invited to join other residents of Montgomery County as well as visitors to the County at An Appeal for Healing and Solidarity.

According to a news release from Montgomery County, Dr. Val Arkoosh, Mr. Ken Lawrence, and Mr. Joe Gale, the three the Montgomery County Commissioners, are jointly hosting this multi-denominational, non-partisan, and non-political event in response to the mass shooting in Pittsburgh and other hate-inspired incidents in
recent weeks and months.

“Please join us to remember the victims of Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and to stand against hate speech in our country,” stated the leaders of Montgomery Couty.

Eleven American citizens were murdered as they sat in worship at the synagogue in western Pennsylvania.  In addition, The United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Pennsylvania reported that six other American citizens were wounded, including four police officers who rushed to the scene to try to help protect the Americans under attack.  The individual identified by law enforcement as the shooter was also wounded.



The ceremony will take place this afternoon at 4:30 PM at the Montgomery County Court House, located at Swede and Airy Streets in downtown Norristown.

Other speakers expected to attend include Ms. Nancy Baron-Baer, Director of the Greater Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League;  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro;  and Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence, the President of Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County.

In addition, the news release stated that a number of religious leaders from throughout Montgomery County are anticipated to attend the ceremony.