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"This was the first time in America that I've sort of had to question my physical safety as a Jew."

Posted at 11:25 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 23:25:41-04

The feelings about this weekend's shooting in Pittsburgh were overwhelming for the dozens that gathered at a University at Buffalo North Campus vigil.

“This was the first time in America that I've sort of had to question my physical safety as a Jew,” said Sasha Shapiro, a UB junior.

“To not be able to feel safe in that kind of environment or to have someone come in and pose their awful beliefs on a group that's trying to do the right thing. It's just devastating,” said Rabbi Sara Rich.

Those who attended this service at Hillel of Buffalo, the Jewish organization on campus, weren't just there to grieve. They want to take action.

“So, when things like this happen we have to stand up together and condemn it,” added Rich.

They're doing that by supporting the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.  Which is what Saturday's shooter posted about online before the shooting.

Saturday was a terrible day for the Jewish community. It was a terrible day for America. But, the people at this vigil want to fight back, not physically, but with love and understanding.

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