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On this Monday afternoon, we are shaken and dismayed by the murder of 11 congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Oct. 27. Although geographically distant, this is an event that reverberates painfully for many here in our Carolina community of faculty, staff, and students, including our valued Jewish colleagues. As we mourn the loss of these innocent lives, we must redouble our commitment at Carolina to work for a world freed from the scourge of anti-Semitism and all other forms of racial, ethnic, religious, and other identity-based hatred and violence.

We are concerned about the impact of events on the climate, well-being, health and safety of our own campus community. If you encounter faculty members, staff or students with difficulties as a result of this event or other instances of violence or discrimination, please encourage them to seek assistance from one of the numerous resources on campus listed below.

NC Hillel will hold a Solidarity Gathering on November 1st, 5 p.m. at the Pit, to stand in solidarity for those who lost their lives in the synagogue shooting. Guest speakers from several communities will be present to discuss the tragedy as we mourn the loss of these 11 lives, as well as all lives lost in acts of hatred.

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