Three days after what’s believed to be the deadliest assault towards Jews in U.S. historical past, UBC joined a protracted record of communities which have held vigils to commemorate the 11 individuals gunned down of their place of worship by a person shouting anti-Semitic slurs.
“We’re coming collectively as a result of it’s essential for individuals to have a chance to voice their dismay, and for a lot of, shock,” Rabbi Philip Bregman mentioned.
“If we’re going to make a distinction, we now have to know that it’ll occur when people of differing opinions, of differing non secular psychological, philosophical, theological backgrounds, can come and may sit and could be collectively.”
The vigil, hosted by the scholar group Hillel BC, befell outdoors the Hillel Home, which is residence to a memorial for murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.
“He was murdered as a result of he was a Jew,” Bregman mentioned. “The people in Pittsburgh have been murdered as a result of they have been Jews.”
A number of Jewish college students at UBC mentioned they’re shaken by the information however need to present energy by means of solidarity.
“I feel it’s one thing that’s actually underestimated is how a lot individuals nonetheless actually hate the Jewish neighborhood and it’s scary to stroll round realizing anybody might simply do something,” mentioned Jewish pupil Jodi Margit Schneider.
The scholars lit candles and honour the victims of the mass capturing, very similar to different occasions held throughout the nation together with in Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto.
“I at all times really feel secure right here nevertheless it’s these assaults that perhaps add a way of nervousness,” mentioned Jewish pupil Jonah Morris, “however I’m very grateful for the police right here they’ve helped right here making us really feel secure, UBC campus safety they’re doing every part they will right here on campus particularly after these occasions.”
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The UBC occasion got here a couple of week earlier than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is anticipated to formally apologize for Canada’s choice to show away a ship filled with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, ensuing within the deaths of a whole bunch.
The vigil additionally got here the identical day U.S. president Donald Trump visits a grieving Pittsburgh as funerals are set to start on the Tree of Life synagogue.
“As younger individuals, we are able to get up and hopefully stop something like this sooner or later,” Schneider mentioned.
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