Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, in partnership with faith leaders and elected officials, held a Queens Virtual Interfaith Vigil on Tuesday, April 21 for the thousands of lives lost in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the frontline and essential workers upon whom the borough relies. The vigil in its entirety can be viewed above.

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center
  • Reverend Dr. John Boyd, II of New Greater Bethel Ministries 
  • Father Joseph Fonti of The Church of St. Mel
  • Pastor Ben Hur of Promise Church 
  • Dr. Neeta Jain of International Ahimsa Foundation, Inc.
  • Rabbi Mark Kaiserman of The Reform Temple of Forest Hills
  • Gurdev Singh Kang of the Sikh Cultural Society 
  • Father Mike Lopez of All Saints Priory Missionary Benedictines of the Poor 
  • Rabbi Yossi Mendelsohn of Congregation Machane Chodosh 
  • Dr. Uma Mysorekar of the Hindu Temple Society of North America
  • Venerable Youwang Shih of the International Buddhist Progress Society (Be the Light Video)