History students organize vigil for Tree of Life victims

Danbury area residents, including members of the school's National Social Studies Honor Society, gather Nov. 7 at City Center Danbury for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those killed Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Ann Tucci

Danbury area residents, including members of the school's National Social Studies Honor Society, gather Nov. 7 at City Center Danbury for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those killed Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Amish Soni, Staff Writer

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Danbury, in a candlelight vigil held downtown on a chilly autumn evening, joined in the national mourning of lives lost in yet another mass shooting — this one at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27 that killed 11 and wounded six.

Members of the school’s National Social Studies Honor Society organized the event held at the Danbury commons.

Ann Tucci
Members of the school’s National Social Studies Honor Society attend a candlelight vigil they organized at the Danbury commons in remembrance of those killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October.

The evening began with a simple moment of silence as residents of the Danbury area gathered to pay their respects to the victims, who at the time of the attack were observing Shabbat services at the Tree of Life synagogue.

It was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Ann Tucci, NSHSS club adviser, described the people in attendance having their “hearts filled with love.” Many in the crowd used their cell-phone flashlights to symbolize candlelight.

Cantor Penny Kessler of the United Jewish Center spoke to the audience, expressing the pain felt among the Jewish community. (See the center’s statement on the attack here).

Tucci described Kessler’s address as an appeal for “community, love and hope.”

In addition to thanking the Jewish Center and City Center Danbury, Tucci also thanked the mayor’s office and the Danbury Police Department in making the vigil possible.

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