More than 1,700 people attended an interfaith service at Temple Israel of Boston Friday evening to hear messages of unity on the eve of the controversial “Boston Free Speech” rally.
“What unites us is always stronger than what divides us,” Attorney General Maura Healey told the crowd.
After the bloodshed in Charlottesville last weekend, local authorities fear Saturday’s free speech rally could draw white supremacists. More than 500 police officers will monitor the rally, and a counterprotest is expected to draw tens of thousands. The organizers for the free speech rally have maintained that the event is not a forum for hate groups.
Friday’s interfaith service also came days after the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston was vandalized for the second time this summer.