Colleyville Ministerial Alliance to host event to bring community together after Congregation Beth Israel attack

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The event—called Colleyville Strong: A Celebration of Faith & Community— will be held Feb. 21. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)

The event—called Colleyville Strong: A Celebration of Faith & Community— will be held Feb. 21. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Colleyville Ministerial Alliance is hosting an event to help bring the community together after the Jan. 15 attack at Congregation Beth Israel.

According to the city’s Jan. 28 newsletter, a subcommittee of the CMA met during the week of Jan. 24 to discuss holding an event for the community. The group decided to create the Colleyville Strong: A Celebration of Faith & Community event following the discussion and input from different places of worship.


The event will be held Feb. 21 at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 7 p.m. The event will include speakers and musical selections, along with a dessert fellowship at 8 p.m.

The event comes after four people were taken hostage at Congregation Beth Israel by British citizen Malik Faisal Akram on Jan. 15, according to multiple press releases from the city. One hostage was released shortly after 5 p.m., while the other three escaped around 9 p.m. Akram was then killed by authorities.

Established by Colleyville Mayor Richard Newton, the CMA works to provide a direct line of communication with various congregations, according to a 2020 press release from the city.
By Bailey Lewis
Bailey Lewis covers the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake, as well as Keller, Roanoke, Westlake, Trophy Club and northeast Fort Worth. In December 2020, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, she worked and interned for various publications, such as Local Profile, the OU Daily, Malheur Enterprise and News21. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching documentaries.