UVA Jewish community holds memorial service for Pittsburgh victims

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Brody Jewish Center of University of Virginia held a memorial service Saturday evening in honor of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims.

On Oct. 27, 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. Jewish students at UVA wanted to come together for community Havdalah Service to pay respects.

The service was open to people of all religions. Everyone sang traditional Jewish hymns and speakers talked about how the Jewish community across the nation is in mourning.

Michael Marget, president of the Jewish Religious Life Council and organizer of the service, said the tragedy has shaken him but he is comforted by the community's support.

"I'll never walk into another synagogue and not think about what happened and not let that worry cross my mind," said Marget. "I think I still feel safe I know that the community as a whole is behind me and behind the Jewish community here so I know that we all have each other's backs."

Marget said tragedies like this are becoming more common, but this one pushed the Jewish community over the edge.



 
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