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Common Ground 11/14!

Scholar Who Escaped Nazis Dies After a Push by a Subway Rider in a Rush

“Among the thousands of commuters traveling through Pennsylvania Station late last month was Kurt Salzinger, a native of Austria who fled the country as the Nazis marched in. He distinguished himself years later in the United States as a scholar in the field of behavioral psychology.

Dr. Salzinger, 89, and his wife were on their way to Macy’s Herald Square on Oct. 27, when a hurried straphanger rushed past them on a subway platform in Penn Station, the police said. The man shoved the couple out of his path with an arm that knocked them both to the ground, Mr. Salzinger’s family and the police said, before disappearing on a southbound 3 train headed to Brooklyn.”

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Join us for Arts at Earl on 11/18!

 

Common Ground 11/7 at 7 pm in Earl Hall!

Chaplain’s Tea on 10/30/18

Enjoying dinner at Chaplain’s Tea

Discussing change experienced at Columbia

Listening to peer discussion

Responding to a reading by MLK

UPDATE: The concert in St. Paul’s Chapel on October 31st is canceled.

Used to Hearing ‘Shabbat Shalom,’ a Historic Jewish Enclave Rings Out With Gunshots

“Saturday morning in Squirrel Hill has for more than 100 years meant certain familiar rituals. The handing out of prayer books as latecomers quietly arrive at temple, the genial shouts of ‘Shabbat shalom’ across neighborhood streets as friends spot old friends after services.

This is the heart of Jewish Pittsburgh, one of the most deeply rooted Jewish neighborhoods in America. And on this Saturday morning, it was the site of what one of the city’s chief federal law enforcement officers called “the most horrific crime scene I have seen.””

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Matthew Shepard Finally Laid to Rest 20 Years after He was Killed for Being Gay

“Matthew Shepard was finally laid to rest Friday at the Washington National Cathedral 20 years after being killed by two men because he was gay.”

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72 Hours in America: Three Hate-Filled Crimes. Three Hate-Filled Suspects.

“Wednesday, a white man with a history of violence shot and killed two African-Americans, seemingly at random, at a Kentucky Kroger store following a failed attempt to barge into a black church.

After mail bombs were being sent to people who’d been criticized by the President, a suspect was arrested Friday — a man who had railed against Democrats and minorities with hate-filled messages online.

And Saturday morning, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people attending Jewish services.

Those three incidents in 72 hours shared one thing: hate.”

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Vigil Tonight at 8pm in Kraft Center for Tragedy in Pittsburgh

https://universitylife.columbia.edu/pittsburgh

On yesterday’s tragedy in Pittsburgh

Dear Columbia Community,

We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning. Violence in our nation’s houses of worship is an affront to the freedoms our community holds dear. We stand strongly against these efforts to create fear and terror.

For some in our community, this is a particularly frightening time as we have seen a growing number of highly visible attacks directed at faith and identity – on worshippers and people of faith as they go through their daily lives, on groups gathered to celebrate an LGBT Latin night at Pulse Nightclub, on civil rights and anti-racist protesters in the streets of Charlottesville, and in so many other places, as occurred in last Wednesday’s shooting of two African-American shoppers in Kentucky. Please know that you are not alone, and that you are a part of this community founded on the fundamental dignity and worth of all.

If you would like to be with others during this difficult time, please join us for reflection spaces in the coming week:

Tonight: There will be a Vigil & Memorial at the Kraft Center, 8 – 10 pm. All in the Columbia community are welcome. More information here: https://columbiabarnardhillel.org/event/pittsburgh-vigil/Kraft Center.

For other gatherings and spaces to reflect, please check University Life’s app, website, and social media.

We also want to remind you of supportive resources for all students on campus:

Counseling

Students on the Morningside campus who would like with a counselor can call Counseling and Psychological Services at (212) 854-2878.

For students on the CUIMC campus, call Mental Health Services at (212) 305-3400.

Columbia Health

Students on the Morningside campus can find additional support from Columbia Health through http://health.columbia.edu.

CUIMC students can contact Student Health Service at http://cumc.columbia.edu/student-health.

Office of the University Chaplain – Please find more information here: http://ouc.columbia.edu/ouc-chaplain-and-staff/

If you have safety concerns, you can always contact Public Safety at:
· 212-854-5555 (Morningside)

· 212-305-7979 (Columbia University Medical Center)

· 212-853-3333 (Manhattanville)

or learn more here.

Any students in need of assistance in the coming days can contact their dean of students, any of the above resources, or the Office of University Life (universitylife@columbia.edu) without hesitation.

Sincerely,

Suzanne B. Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law

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