Hundreds Gather at Penn State for Pittsburgh Shooting Vigil

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Monday vigils were held all over the country in memory of the 11 people killed in Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

American songs were sung, Jewish songs were sung, prayers were read in Hebrew and English and the names of the 11 Jewish people killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsbugh on Saturday were read.

Torey Josowitz is a Sophmore at Penn State.  She’s also a Jew from Squire Hill in Pittsburgh where that shooting happened.  She says when she saw the synagogue she went to so many times growing up she was in shock.

“I would never think this would happen in my community,” Josowitz said.

She says Saturday’s shooting was a wake up call.

“A reality shock to us and now we need to step up and really show who we are and I feel proud to say that i’m a Jew and I feel comfortable with saying that I’m a Jew and I hope other people can too and that this doesn’t put us down, it makes us whole,” Josowitz said.

Rabbi Gourarie of the Chabad Jewish group at Penn State shared a Jew’s response to adversity.
“What is the Jewish response to terror and hate?  Jews don’t run, Jews don’t hide,” Rabbi Gourarie said.  “While is the goal of terror to paralyze us, to make us shrink in fear and be less of a Jew?  We respond by becoming stronger, louder and prouder.”

People cheered tonight Rabbi Gourarie announced  the AE PI Penn State fraternity announced they are putting a nine foot menorah in front of their house.
Everyone in the crowd was encouraged to come back here to Old Main on December 5th, for the annual lighting of a Chanukah menorah.

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