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Maryland governor joins faith leaders, other elected officials for post-Pittsburgh interfaith gathering

Maryland governor joins faith leaders, other elected officials for post-Pittsburgh interfaith gathering

On the eve of the first Sabbath since a gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, about 300 people gathered for an interfaith ceremony with Baltimore’s Jewish community to take a collective stand against anti-Semitism and “the poison of hate, no matter what form it takes,” as one speaker said.

Gov. Larry Hogan, U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Mayor Catherine Pugh, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and several local rabbis were among the officials and religious leaders who offered words of mourning — and of hope — during a one-hour ceremony at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.

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