We are shocked and saddened by the senseless killings in Pittsburgh today at the Tree of Life Congregation. On behalf of the entire university community, we express our sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this horrendous anti-Semitic act. At least 11 innocent people have been killed, and six others have been injured.
There is simply no place in our society for violence, and violent acts motivated by religion and other identities — like this attack on a Jewish community in Pittsburgh – are despicable. We are grateful to the first responders and others who bravely came to the aid of those who were targeted.
Our university has been collaborating with Hillel to offer support to Jewish students, from the Pittsburgh area and beyond.
A heinous act such as this affects all of us, however. Resources are available to all of our students through CAPS, the university’s counseling and psychological services, at 734-764-8312. Faculty and staff can receive support through the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office, 734-936-8660.
Hillel is planning a community-wide vigil at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, on the Diag. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to the vigil.
Jewish student leaders have expressed sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support they have received from students across campus.
It is important to stand together against hate, and to unite in assisting those who are grieving in our community. Tolerance and respect for others are foundational values of our university and they will not be compromised.