Choose the light: NSU vigil held for Tree of Life victims

The people of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were victims of a hate-motivated mass shooting on Oct. 27, when 11 people were shot and killed. A vigil was hosted by Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach and Chabad on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale campus on Monday Oct. 29.

Even though this tragic act of violence occurred miles and miles away, members of the NSU community showed up to pay their respects and take a stand against the evil that occurred.

The vigil began with a candle lighting ceremony honoring each of the 11 victims. Rabbi Aryeh Schwartz of the Chabad at NSU encouraged the audience to fight this “intolerance of tolerance” with the light of kindness. Students and faculty members were involved with the ceremony. Shelby Kisliuk provided a student’s perspective in her vigil address, and Professor Gary Gershman recited a prayer. The audience was then asked to join together in song by singing “Gesher Tzar Me’od.”


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