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Published on Aug 7, 2009
The Power is founded on 7 Principles. #3: Hate is a life or death issue. #7: The measure of our movement is the impact it has on LGBT youth. Last Saturday night, an unknown assailant opened fire on a meeting of a gay and lesbian youth group in Tel Aviv, killing three people and injuring fifteen. On Wednesday, August 6th, New York responded with a vigil of remembrance. JSpeakers included Rep. Jerrold Nadler, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Nehirim director Jay Michaelson, Yoav Sivan, former member of the Board of Agudah, the LGBT Association of Tel Aviv, David Saranga on behalf of the Israeli Consulate General in New York, Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center and John Ruskay, evp and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York. The Power (www.ThePowerOnline.org) sponsored the event with Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (www.CBST.org), the largest LGBT congregation in the world, which has close ties to that youth center, and American Friends of Tehila; the Ali Forney Center; Arcus Foundation, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps; Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC); Gayava, LGBT Jews at Columbia/Barnard Hillel; Keshet; Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives; Int'l Assoc. of Gay and Lesbian Human Rights (IGLHRC); the JCC of New York; Jewish Mosaic; JQYouth; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York, Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY); The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF); Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality; New Israel Fund (NIF); the New York Board of Rabbis; and Rabbis for Human Rights North America.