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UVA Jewish Community Members Reflect on Pittsburgh Tragedy

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UVA's Jewish Leadership Council hosted a pancake breakfast on the Lawn on Tuesday. UVA's Jewish Leadership Council hosted a pancake breakfast on the Lawn on Tuesday.
Students gathered to support each other and reflect on Saturday's shooting. Students gathered to support each other and reflect on Saturday's shooting.
The council will host a letter-writing event to members of Pittsburgh's Jewish community. The council will host a letter-writing event to members of Pittsburgh's Jewish community.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Members of the University of Virginia Jewish community are banding together in response to the deadly mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend.

Students are sharing their emotions and supporting each other at various events this week.

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 people and wounding several others. On Tuesday morning, students got together for a pancake breakfast, giving them a chance to talk and reflect before heading to class.

Students crowded into a dorm room on the Lawn, which for the morning was dedicated to providing a safe space for them to meet and feel together after Saturday’s horrific events.

Students say the attack particularly resonates with them after neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville during last year’s Unite the Right rally.

“This is a horrific tragedy, but it hits a little closer to home for UVA Jewish students and members of the Charlottesville Jewish community because of the events of August of last year,” said Chair of the UVA Jewish Leadership Council Truman Brody-Boyd. “Anti-Semitism is something we’ve felt very acutely in the past two years.” 

Some of the students said they found out about the shooting on Saturday during the UVA football game and haven’t had a chance to reflect on the hatred shown over the weekend. They hope these sorts of events will help with that.

"I didn't have time to fully process it when the news came out," Brody-Boyd said.

On Wednesday, the Jewish Leadership Council will host a letter-writing session to members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. It will be held at the UVA amphitheater and is open to everyone.