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In the aftermath of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, here are a few local vigils and memorial services, a recent APA statement on the shootings, and one additional resource – a community response guide on fighting hate.


  1. Chabad of Durham – Chapel Hill will host a vigil and memorial service tonight, October 30, from 630-7 pm in response to the tragedy that occurred at Tree of Life Synagogue. The event is open to the community. The vigil will be located at the Bluming Family Home – 6514 Glen Forest Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, and will be followed by a Woman’s Unity Challah Bake from 7pm – 9pm.
  2. Chapel Hill Kehillah Synagogue will hold an inter-faith vigil and prayer service tonight, October 30 at 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC at 7:00 p.m./
  3. Please join UNC Hillel on Thursday, November 1, at 5pm in the Pit for a community gathering in memory of the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting. (Source: UNC Hillel Facebook Page).
  4. Tree of Life Memorial Shabat will be held, Friday, November 2 from 615 – 830pm at 210 W Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. (Source: UNC Hillel Facebook Page)

Additional Resources

  1. Statement of APA President in Response to Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue
  2. Resource: Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

Our Department’s Diversity Committee stand ready to offer support. It may be helpful to remain alert for signs of stress among students, colleagues and all in our community who may be impacted by these events (even in small ways) and provide opportunities to encourage the open sharing of feelings about what has taken place. If you wish to discuss these events and their impacts or share other thoughts or ideas about how (and what would be useful) to support those affected, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Enrique Neblett, Director of Diversity Initiatives, or any of the departmental representatives on the Diversity Committee.

Our Diversity Committee and the Department remain committed to an environment that is welcoming, equitable, and inclusive for all students, faculty and staff. We will continue to work hard to support and promote the safety, well-being, success, and thriving of all in our community.

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