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Dear students and friends,

As we, as a community, mourn this horrific tragedy and loss of life, Keren and I want you to know we are here for you and ready to help in any way possible. Whether you're in need of a quiet, respectful space to reflect and gauge your feelings, a community space to gather and mourn together, or in need of a listening ear, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Additionally, counseling is available for students on the Morningside, Barnard, and Columbia University Medical Center campuses.

The student board of the Chabad Student Network is eager to work with fellow students to organize a community observance of and response to the tragedy.

During this difficult time, let us take courage from the wisdom of the Jewish adage, “a little bit of light can dispel a great deal of darkness”. Through creating even a little more light, we can help take away some of the darkness and despair, for when light encounters darkness, without fail, light will always prevail.

Here are some ways you can get involved and help create light in honor of the healing of the injured and the lost lives of Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt, Barnard College student Daniella Moffson, General Studies student and Nurse Practitioner at CUMC Abigail Flanagan.

  • Help offer support to the families of the victims.
  • Attend prayer services and mourning rituals to honor the students and their families.
  • Send a message of condolence or support to the victims and their families.
  • Reaffirm the lives of our lost peers by following in their footsteps: perform acts of goodness and kindness to the greatest extend you are able.

May our joint efforts bring much comfort, peace and light at this extraordinarily painful time.

Rabbi Yonah and Rebbetzin Keren Blum

Chabad at Columbia University

Religious Life Advisors, Office of the University Chaplain

P.S. Keren and I can be reached at the above address or on our cells:

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