University of Connecticut students honored the 11 lives lost in Saturday’s shooting of a Pittsburgh synagogue by prayer, candle lighting and the motivation to do good deeds at the Homer D. Babbidge Library Wednesday night.
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.”