Pittsburgh Jewish day school students send messages to mass shooting victims


(JTA) — Students at a Jewish day school in Pittsburgh sent messages to marginalized groups and victims of mass shootings to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack at a synagogue building in the school’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

The Community Day School is located about a mile from the Tree of Life, where 11 worshippers were killed in a shooting attack on Oct. 27, 2018.

The students sent postcards to local organizations, such as the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and the Latino Community Center; and to places throughout the United States such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the Latino Community Church in El Paso, Texas, the local news station WITF reported. They also sent messages to local first responders.

“I know I felt very upset when the shooting happened here and I know that nice words helps when you’re thinking sad thoughts,” one student, Lev Sahud, 10, told a reporter.

“Thoughts of love are passed on through people,” he wrote in a postcard to the Islamic Center. “Thoughts of hope, people already have. Thinking of your hard times of struggle. We are here to help.”

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