It is impossible to put into words the grief we feel today for the loss of our family, our loved ones, and our beloved brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh at Tree of Life Congregation.
That this congregation and Jewish community is minutes from our Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh, serving the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, makes the loss closer, but does not change the feeling of connection we would have wherever this might have happened.
Kol Yisroel Zeh Lazeh - all Jews are responsible for one another.
At Hillel, we have a responsibility to create a safe space for Jewish students on every college campus. In the aftermath of this horrific event, we are continuing to work directly with local law enforcement and university officials around the country to ensure the safety of our Jewish students.
Today, Hillel mourns with our people. Hillel houses across the country will be holding vigils to pray for and support the families and individuals who have suffered devastating losses. May the memories of the fallen be connected to our people forever, and may we never forget to stand for our people everywhere.