UVA Students Writing Letters of Support for Pittsburgh Jewish Community
In a show of support for Pittsburgh's Jewish community, UVA students are writing letters to pay tribute to those killed in the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Students at the University of Virginia are showing their support for the Jewish community following Saturday's deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
UVA students gathered Wednesday, October 31, to write letters to those suffering from that horrific event.
"It's a common practice in the Jewish community that we stand with our own peers, because it's a very tight-knit community and we kind of feel like these are not only our friends but our family,” said Gabrielle Posner.
Authorities say 46-year-old Robert Bowers opened fire on the Tree of Life congregation Saturday, October 27, killing 11 and injuring six. He has been indicted on 44 charges.
“For a lot of people this really hits home," Clara Sophia Camber said. "We were just like, ‘what should we do?' We know we have to do something."
The group also painted a "tree of life," creating leaves out of the hand prints of UVA students.
An organizer with the center says after the events of August 11 and 12, 2017, they were flooded with letters from all over, and they want to return the favor.
The Brody Jewish Center will also be selling bracelets Thursday, November 1. All of the proceeds will go to the Tree of Life and the Pittsburgh Hillel. The center will also be hosting a special service Saturday, November 3.