Remembering the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue Pittsburgh shooting

A candlelight vigil will be held at noon today on the steps of Fogler Library to remember the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The UMaine event is organized by the Office of Multicultural Student Life.

Tomorrow, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Jewish memorial program at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor. All who are saddened by this attack are welcome to attend.

Communities statewide are calling for healing following the tragedy Saturday at a synagogue where a gunman killed 11 and wounded six.

Saturday evening, UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Vice President and Dean of Students Robert Dana noted in a message to the university community: 

“This act of horrific violence is vile and catastrophic for Jews and non-Jews everywhere. It tears at all of us, and causes waves of fear for the unknown and for the type of terror reflected in this atrocity.

The University of Maine community comes together today to affirm our values of inclusivity and safety.

We are a strong, loving and welcoming community. This sort of violence must cause us to be stronger in our absolute core belief that dignity and respect for all people at all times is an imperative of a healthy, caring and diverse society.”