“David Rosenthal. Bernice Simon…”

On Monday night, hundreds of UW students and Madison community members came together to honor the those who lost their lives in Pittsburgh last weekend.

“And Irving Younger.”

Last Saturday, a gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue, a Jewish house of worship, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The man killed 11 people and injured 6 others.

UW–Madison’s candlelight vigil took place on the steps of Memorial Library Monday night. The program was hosted by three Jewish organizations on campus that worked in conjunction with UW–Madison and the UWPD. Students, faculty, and community members — both Jewish and non-Jewish — shared stories and condemned the violent act. One such speaker was Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

“The use of violence in the name of anti-semitic, racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, and other ideologies is not just an attack against individuals. It is also an attack on the ideals of this country that we have fought to preserve for generations.”

Like Chancellor Blank, Rabbi Andrea Steinberger of UW Hillel Foundation took to the stage to voice her thoughts on the tragedy. After receiving outpouring support from the Madison community following Saturday’s events, Steinberger says the organizations aimed to create a space for individuals of all races, religions, and ethnicities to unite in solidarity.

“I think that understanding and becoming friends with people who are different from us will help us learn how to get along and hopefully will prevent acts like this from happening in the future.”

For the Badger Report, I’m Brandon Fishman.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *