Statement on Shabbat Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Jewish Life at Georgetown, together with the entire Georgetown community mourn with the members of Tree of Life Synagogue, Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation and the entire Jewish community of Pittsburgh. We are devastated and outraged at the horrific terrorist murder in this sacred space, on the sacred Sabbath. The Jewish Student community gathered last night, and we will gather again within a day or two. Please return here or go to our Facebook page for updates.

For now, even through our tears, we hold tightly in our hearts everyone who is shaken or touched by this horror. The Jewish community at Georgetown and Jewish communities across the globe are all overcome, and yet we will continue to stand firm and to stand proudly together.

Oh that my head were water and my eye a fountain of tears; so that I could cry all of my days and my nights. . . In the bitterness of my anguish and sorrow, I choose to shout.... For the House of Israel, the people of God fallen by the sword.... as I recall this day the killing in the holy communities.
- Kalonymous Ben Yehudah, Trans. Rabbinical Assembly, Siddur Tisha B’Av

Explore Jewish Life at Georgetown

Georgetown is a great place to experience a relevant, vibrant and transformative Judaism within a welcoming, friendly and diverse Jewish community that is hundreds strong.

Together with faculty, staff, and our Rabbi, we empower one another to progress along our personal journeys and to discern our unique roles in delivering a brighter future for the Jewish people and for the world.

Our Philosophy: Connection, Confidence, Concern

Jewish Life at Georgetown aspires to advance the life and growth of every self-defined Jewish student through building their sense of Jewish Connection, Confidence, and Concern.

Fostering Jewish Community at Georgetown: Connection

Georgetown provides many distinct avenues for connecting with Jewish Life on campus and off, including:

  • The office for Jewish Life and a full-time on-campus Rabbi
  • Numerous distinct Jewish student-led organizations
  • Bayit – our residential Jewish Interest Living and Learning Community
  • International programs in Israel and abroad, and
  • Vibrant Jewish studies coursework through the university’s Center for Jewish Civilization.

Enhancing Knowledge, Strengthening Identity: Confidence

Confidence is feeling secure in one’s Jewish identity and level of Jewish knowledge.

Jewish Life at Georgetown overflows with Jewish educational and experiential opportunities that promote Jewish confidence. For example:

  • Weekly Shabbat services and dinners
  • Regular holiday observances
  • Rabbi-led learning series
  • Shabbat retreats
  • Classes on everything from Biblical Literature to Philip Roth
  • Both a minor and a certificate in Jewish Civilization

Inspiring Jewish Global Citizens: Concern

Concern is a deep and authentic passion for a brighter future for the Jewish people and for the world.

In partnership with departments across the university, Jewish Life at Georgetown provides numerous opportunities for our students to develop and act on their Jewish and justice concerns, including:

Our Approach

  • Supporting student initiatives (“If you will it, we’ll help you make it happen.”)
  • Providing small group Jewish learning (“If you want to study it, we’ll teach it.”)
  • Providing one-on-one meetings or on-going pastoral care with our Rabbi (“If you need us, we’re here for you.”)
  • Providing significant opportunities for student leadership (“If you do it, we’ll train you in doing it even better.”)
  • Providing remarkably dynamic, well-known and high-quality Jewish speakers and events both on campus and in the greater DC area.