Hillel to host vigil, discussion in commemoration of Pittsburgh shooting

Students attend a community gathering Oct. 28 at Hillel at Washington University, organized after the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The group heard from three students from Pittsburgh, including two who are members of Tree of Life.  

Hillel at Washington University will host a vigil and program in memory of the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge.

A candle lighting will be followed by a panel discussion on gun violence prevention, featuring Dr. Jessica Gold, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Wash U; Stacey Newman, executive director of ProgressWomen and former Missouri state representative; and Gail Wechsler, interfaith outreach lead for Moms Demand Action.  The panel will be moderated by Sawyer Franklin, a former intern with the Gun Violence Initiative at the university’s Institute for Public Health.

The program is free and open to the public; a light reception will follow.  The event is underwritten in part by WashU Hillel’s George Roffman Memorial Fund, in memory of George Roffman, who lost his life to a brain tumor in 2001 during his time as a student at Wash U.  Roffman served as a student member on WashU Hillel’s Board of Directors and was active in Hillel’s community service efforts.

For more information, contact Abby Ross, Springboard Social Justice Fellow, Hillel at [email protected].