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Ramapo College Hillel Holds Kaddish Ceremony for Synagogue Victims

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 5, 2018

Students, faculty and staff gather for a Kaddish ceremony at the Arch.

MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo College Hillel, together with the College community, held a Kaddish candlelight ceremony to remember the victims of the recent shooting in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people died. The somber ceremony, which attracted hundreds of students, staff and faculty, evoked heartfelt words from student members of Hillel.

“We will always remember the horrific acts that occurred during the holocaust in the 1930s and 1940s. Now, 73 years after World War II ended, we are left with nothing but disbelief that this amount of violence and hate still exists,” said Hadar Baron ’19. “Our hearts ache. We’re here to say, once again, ‘never forget’ – but I urge you to do more. I urge you to speak up and engage in discussions with people who may not think about these things too much, and to urge your friends and family to step out of their comfort zones and do the same, as well. We never realize how important it is to stand up for what we believe in until it’s too late. Let this be our call to action – because just remembering isn’t enough.”

Patricia Giudice ’19 added, “Antisemitism is alive and well in today’s world. Nobody deserves to live in a world where the fear of violence for being the wrong religion, color, gender, sexuality, should be a part of daily life. It’s getting hard to think of anywhere as safe anymore.”

Also representing Hillel were Alyssa Rabinowitz, President of Ramapo College Hillel, and Talia Mizikovsky, Director of Jewish Student Life, Hillel of Northern New Jersey.

Hillel, an international organization that serves Jewish students on college campuses, offers religious and cultural programs including trips, holiday observances, historical commemorations, lectures, films, and leadership and personal growth opportunities. In addition, Ramapo College’s Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides multiple resources to promote an understanding of the pernicious consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic hatred, other forms of bigotry, and violations of human rights.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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