Temple Gathers in Solidarity for Pittsburgh

A moment of coming together for Temple University took place this week in remembrance for this weekend’s deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.  

Students, faculty, staff and religious leaders gathered at the Bell Tower on Tuesday evening to condemn the anti-semitic violence and to offer words of encouragement.

Temple student Ruth Oshlag was one of several students who spoke at the vigil, she is from Pittsburgh and apart of the Jewish community, she said, “I can’t tell you how much I wish you could’ve come to know my community in a better way.”

Among Oshlag, many other Temple students took turns offering to display their sympathy, as well as offering their prayers and speaking about their religious pride.

Hillel President Emily Walters who helped organize the vigil, says this attack could’ve happened anywhere at any time. For that reason, Walters says, it’s essential for students to have a safe place to speak and to grieve.

President Englert was also at Tuesday’s vigil, stating that he was impressed by how many people came out to offer their condolences. “Students, facility, Temple staff, we all embrace each other even in tough times,” he said.

Hillel is set to hold a solidarity Shabbat on Friday at 5:45 pm in their building located on 15th and Norris Street. All students are welcome to join and they will continue to pray for Pittsburgh and offer support to any student who needs it.

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