Tree of Life Shooting Effects Our Way of Life . . .

Karen R., Co -Editor-in-Chief

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On October 27, a merciless man walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and murdered eleven people. This, the biggest act of anti-Semitism on U.S. soil, follows the unceasing chain of shootings in this country. From the school shooting in Parkland six months ago, to the shooting just last weekend in Tallahassee, the attack in Pittsburgh did not come as a surprise to many.

On the weekends, I volunteer at the Jewish youth-led organization Maccabi Tzair at the David Posnack JCC. I lead activities for a group of eight graders three hours every Saturday. These activities instill Jewish values and promote Jewish continuity. Last week, in light of the recent attack in Pittsburgh, I showed them a video commemorating those who passed away. One of my campers started crying, and it broke my heart. She told us about how scared she feels now going to the synagogue, wearing anything relating to Judaism, or eating at a kosher restaurant. These feelings, surely the same feelings of adolescents across the nation, reflected across the faces of the kids around the room. It is extremely unfair that thirteen-year-olds today cannot feel safe practicing their religion, an unalienable right bestowed onto us by the Constitution.

It greatly saddens me that these events seem never-ending. I hope that people realize the extent this affects the youth in this country. Until someone takes action against these horrific events, I fear that no change will come.

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