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TONIGHT: Candlelight Vigil/Memorial for LGBT Teens Murdered in Tel Aviv


On Saturday, a masked assailant dressed in black from head to toe opened fire on a gay teen center’s support group meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 2 members of the group: 16 year old, Liz Trubeshi, and 26 year old, Nir Katz, the support group counselor, and wounding 10 others. The gunman managed to find the secret location of the support group’s meetings; many of the kids were not yet out to their parents before the shooting. On Sunday, thousands in Tel Aviv protested the senseless murders, and crowds gathered in other Israeli cities as well.

An ad hoc group of San Francisco-based Jewish and gay organizations and individuals is organizing a candlelight vigil/memorial for tonight, Monday night, to memorialize the young Israeli victims. The safety of LGBT youth is of utmost concern; this could happen at any center anywhere in the world. Organizers are calling for LGBT centers around the country and world to also hold vigils on Monday.

People will gather at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav (290 Dolores St @ 16th St) at 6:00pm and march down Dolores Street and then down Market Street to the San Francisco LGBT Center  (1800 Market Street @ Octavia St).



TONIGHT, Monday, August 3, 2009

5:30pm Gather at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
(290 Dolores St @ 16th St, San Francisco)
6:00pm March from Sha’ar Zahav to SF LGBT Center
(1800 Market Street @ Octavia St, San Francisco)
6:30pm Speakers & Candlelight Vigil



  • Rabbi Camille Angel (Congregation Sha’ar Zahav)
  • Ruby Cymrot-Wu (Jewish Mosaic)
  • Sup. Bevan Dufty (SF Board of Supervisors)
  • Ashley Perreira (Youth Space at the SF LGBT Center)
  • Gayle Roberts (SF LGBT Center)
  • Jessica Trubowitch (JCRC)



  • Rabbi Camille Angel (Congregation Sha’ar Zahav)
  • Supervisor Bevan Dufty
  • Martin Tannenbaum (LGBT Alliance)
  • Organizer Lisa Geduldig
  • The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
    • LGBT Alliance
    • Israel Center
  • SF LGBT Center
  • Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
  • Kol Tzedek:  A Bay Area Coalition of Jewish Organizations for Justice and LGBT Rights.

Content for this blog post was provided courtesy of San Francisco publicist and co-organizer Lisa Geduldig.  Click here for the original press release.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Harold D. Rubinsmith #

    My wife and I are personal friends of Rabbi Angel and although we are not Gay, my wife and I have attended Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. We support this candle light vigil and wish that we could have been there to help support this fundamental human right.
    Our hearts goes out to the community and to the parents of the 2 murdered individuals in Tel Aviv. As indicated, it could have happen anywhere and it is very cogent to insure that we do not compitulate to the despots of this world by allowing this terrible crime to happen again by demonstrating our solidarity by the actions Rabbi Angel and others are taking tonight.

    Harold and Bette Rubinsmith

    August 3, 2009
  2. The j. weekly ran an article this week about the event. It can be read online at

    August 7, 2009

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