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UConn Hillel holds candlelight vigil for Pittsburgh shooting victims

UConn Hillel holds candlelight vigil for Pittsburgh shooting victims

The University of Connecticut’s Hillel was packed with mourners and Jewish allies on Sunday night, wielding candles and singing along to prayers as they stood in solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh after the Synagogue shooting that killed 11 people on Saturday morning.

UConn student “shocked” by anti-Semitic comment

UConn student “shocked” by anti-Semitic comment

University of Connecticut student Nathan Schachter describes his Jewish faith as “a part of me since I was born.”

The West Hartford-born junior communications major grew up in a tight-knit Jewish community, and said that he is “proud” of practicing Judaism, participating in UConn Hillel events as a member of the student board and wearing a UConn-embroidered kippah-- a traditional religious head covering worn by practicing Jews.

“In Israel, [where everyone is Jewish], people don’t wear a kippah,” Schachter said. “But when you’re in a predominantly non-Jewish population, it’s not so much a religious thing as an identity thing. When I came to UConn, I decided I wanted to wear it wherever I go.”