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Jewish College Students at Dozens of Hillels on Campuses Across the Country Hold Vigils in Remembrance of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

Hillel International mourns the murder of 11 members of Tree of Life Congregation killed on Shabbat
by Hillel News |Oct 29, 2018|Comments

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the horrific attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Jewish college students from dozens of Hillels on campuses across the country are bringing their communities together to hold vigils and memorials to grieve and find comfort.

Eric D. Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International, traveled to Pittsburgh Sunday and spent time with students from the Hillel Jewish University Center, which serves Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

“The strength of the Pittsburgh community in the face of the attack on the Tree of Life Congregation was inspiring, as was the skill exhibited by the leadership of the Jewish and broader community. But even these positive notes cannot push back the sheer horror of the stories that I heard from those who were present at Tree of Life and from those who were in Squirrel Hill on Shabbat morning,” said Fingerhut. “I am so proud of the work of our Hillel professionals and student leaders who are coming together on their campuses to support one another, to mourn those we have lost and to reaffirm that we are stronger than hatred.”

Fingerhut continued: “We cannot forget and go back to our daily lives. We must stand with this community and support them always. And we must realize that Squirrel Hill and Tree of Life could have been any of our close-knit Jewish communities or any of our synagogues. This was an attack on all of us.”

Matthew Berger, vice president for communications at Hillel International added: “As we support our students and professionals in their incredible efforts to bring their communities together, safety is our highest priority. We regularly work with our law enforcement, university, and community partners to ensure the safety of all of our programs. We regularly review procedures with staff and partners and utilize all resources to protect our programs and facilities.”

More than 100 Hillels around the world are holding vigils to commemorate the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting. Some of them are:

  • Hillel of Salisbury University: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Red Square 
  • Gettysburg Hillel: Friday, Nov. 2 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Penn Hall Steps
  • Oklahoma State University: Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Student Union Theater
  • University of North Texas Hillel: Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the Library Mall
  • Hillel Las Vegas: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom
  • North Carolina Hillel: Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Associated Campus Ministries at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Friday, Nov. 2 at Friends Center at Guilford College from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Vigil Against Violence
  • Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh: Monday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. in Rangos Auditorium in Cohen University Center community 
  • Hillel of Buffalo: Monday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hillel Center, UB Commons 101B
  • University of Wisconsin Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at University of Wisconsin Library Mall
  • Hillel at University of Albany: Monday, Oct. 29 at 11:45 a.m. at Campus Center Fountain
  • Penn Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. at LOVE sculpture on campus
  • Brooklyn College Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m. at Hillel House 
  • Emory Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. outside Cannon Chapel at Emory University
  • Rutgers Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Steps of Brower Commons at Rutgers University
  • Hillel of Greater MetroWest: Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4:45 p.m. at Montclair State University
  • University of Miami Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at The Rock Plaza at University of Miami
  • University of Massachusetts Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Cape Cod Lounge in Student Union at University of Massachusetts 
  • Mizzou Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Mizzou Peace Park 
  • University of Connecticut Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at UConn Hillel
  • CU Boulder Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from noon – 1 p.m. at University Memorial Center Fountain  
  • Delaware Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at University of Delaware Memorial Hall
  • Trinity Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Mather Cave Patio at Trinity College
  • Cornell Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Ho Plaza
  • Hillel of Northern New Jersey: Monday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at Ramapo College 
  • Bowling Green State University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at BGSU Hillel 
  • Penn State Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Old Main
  • Hillel of Metro Detroit: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in Capitol Park
  • Michigan State University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at 360 Charles St. East Lansing, MI
  • Hillel Milwaukee: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid  
  • University of Cincinnati Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Cincinnati Hillel 
  • Greater Portland Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Agnes Flanagan Chapel and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. at Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 258
  • Santa Barbara Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at noon at Storke Tower at UC Santa Barbara 
  • Hillel Foundation of Orange County: Monday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Chapman University, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at California State University, Fullerton and Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at University of California, Irvine 
  • Arizona State University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Hayden Lawn
  • Minnesota Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Minnesota Hillel 
  • Hillel at UCLA: Monday, Oct. 29 from noon – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at Bruin Plaza 
  • Stanford Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at White Memorial Plaza at Stanford University 
  • Hillel at Binghamton: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center 500 on Clubhouse Road in Vestal
  • Michigan Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Diag
  • Oregon Hillel Foundation: Monday, Oct. 29 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Oregon Hillel
  • University of Arizona Hillel Foundation: Monday, Oct. 29 noon to 1 p.m. at UA Mall Stage
  • Kansas University Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at Kansas Union
  • Illini Hillel at Cohen Center for Jewish Life: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. at University of Illinois Quad
  • Metro Chicago Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. at UIC Quad
  • University of British Columbia Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at Hillel House
  • Brandeis Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at International Lounge
  • Syracuse Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel
  • Stockton Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at D-Wing Outdoor Circle
  • Allegheny Hillel: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at Tippie Alumni Center
  • Hillel at University of Toronto: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at University of Toronto
  • Hobart and William and Smith Colleges Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Coxe Steps
  • Wellesley College Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Multifaith Center
  • Temple Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Bell Tower
  • University of Southern California Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at University Religious Center
  • Cleveland Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Freiberger Field
  • Ithaca College Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Muller Chapel
  • Ohio State University Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at OSU Hillel
  • Hillel at Ohio University: Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at OU Hillel
  • Central Florida Hillel: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2 p.m. – 3p.m. at UCF Student Union
  • Wayne State Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Gullen Mall
  • Hillel at Baruch College: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from noon – 2 p.m. at Bernard Baruch Way
  • Hillel for Utah: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. at J. Willard Marriott Library
  • Hillel at Kent State: Monday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Risman Plaza
  • Florida State University Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel of Tallahassee
  • Vanderbilt Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. between Rand Wall and Buttrick Hall
  • American University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Kay Center
  • San Luis Obispo Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at UU Plaza
  • New York University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at NYU Kimmel Center for University Life Steps
  • Hillel of Silicon Valley: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Arch
  • University of Maryland Baltimore College Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the Commons Terrace
  • University of Vermont Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Burlington City Hall
  • Hillel at Grand Valley State University: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carillon Tower
  • Hillel at John Jay College: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the NB Atrium
  • Brown University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island 
  • Northwestern Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at The Rock
  • Hillel Atlantic - St. John's Chapter: Monday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Bannerman Park
  • Dartmouth Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. on the Green
  • West Chester University Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the steps at Sykes Student Union
  • University of South Florida: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillel Jewish Student Center
  • University of Maryland Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on McKeldin Mall
  • George Washington University Hillel: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Lafyette Square
  • Johns Hopkins Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on the Beach
  • Georgetown University Jewish Life: Monday, Oct. 29 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. on the Dahlgren Quad
  • Hillel at Drexel University: Monday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life
  • Tufts Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the Granoff Family Hillel Center
  • Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at WashU Hillel
  • Goucher Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel
  • Elon Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Nunem Lumem Pavillion Sacred Space
  • Cornell Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in Ho Plaza
  • UChicago Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Federal Plaza
  • Hillel at University of Rochester: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary
  • Hillel at UGA: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. at the Tate Student Center
  • Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Levine Weinberger Jewish Life Center
  • Beach Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Soroptimist House
  • Hillel Montreal: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Y-Intersection at McGill University and in the Hall Building Terrace at Concordia University
  • William and Mary Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Wren Building
  • Hillel at University of Washington: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Temple De Hirsch Sinai
  • Northeastern Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Sacred Space in Ell Hall
  • Stony Brook Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. on the Academic Mall
  • Hofstra Hillel: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater
  • University of Florida Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 at 12:30 p.m. on UF Turlington Plaza
  • University of Texas Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Turtle Pond
  • Hillel Edmonton: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Beth Israel Synagogue
  • Boston University Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Marsh Plaza
  • Hillel at David and Sacramento: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Congregation Bet Haverim
  • University of California San Diego: Monday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Silent Tree
  • Hillel at Georgia Tech: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kessler Campanile
  • MIT Hillel: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand
  • Hillel Hungary - Magyarország: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Szabadság tér
  • Guelph Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Branion Plaza
  • Chapman Hillel: Monday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Fish Interfaith Center
  • Hillel Ryerson: Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Mel Lastman Square
  • Miami University Hillel: Monday, Oct 29 from 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Miami University Hillel
  • West Chester University Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Sykes Steps
  • Rollins Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from noon - 1 p.m. at Think Tank in Chase Hall
  • Bucknell University Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Bucknell Engineering Quad
  • Inland and Desert Hillel: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. University of Redlands Memorial Chapel 
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