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Candlelight vigil for Pittsburgh victims planned at Cal Poly

Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 28, 2018

Cal Poly students have planned a candlelight vigil for the victims of Saturday’s attack in Pittsburgh.

11 people died and six more were injured after a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire inside the Tree of Life Congregation.

The vigil, hosted by the Mustangs United for Israel, San Luis Obispo Hillel, and Chabad at Cal Poly, is scheduled for Sunday at 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the UU Plaza.

In the public Facebook event, organizers wrote a statement about the tragic attack.

“We are heartbroken by the horrific attack that took place on our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh.

As they stood in prayer and celebrated a new life entering into our world, eleven lives were suddenly taken from us, leaving families broken with a gaping, painful emptiness.

An attack on Jews anywhere is an attack on Jews everywhere. We grieve with the families who have lost loved ones and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured.

They were murdered by hatred.
They will be remembered with love.

Every Shabbat begins and ends with the lighting of a candle.

Throughout the ages, Jews have responded to hardship and tragedy by filling the darkness with the light of goodness, kindness and love.

In this spirit, The Student Jewish community will be holding a candlelight vigil at 8pm at the UU plaza

We will honor the memory of those who have passed by taking on another Mitzvah, increasing in acts of goodness and kindness, and trying to make our world a little brighter.

In the merit of our collective mitzvot, may we each bring comfort and peace at this extraordinarily challenging time.

A website has been created where students can pledge to do a good deed in memory of those who perished: http://mitzvah4pittsburgh.com