October 27, 2018 was a Saturday, the holiest Jewish day of the week, Shabbat. That morning, Robert Bowers entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue with an assault rifle and three handguns. After shouting “All Jews must die,” Bowers proceeded to kill eleven men and women and injure six others in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. However, anti-Semitism is unfortunately not just isolated to the Pittsburgh shooting: on K-12 school campuses, anti-Semitic acts jumped an alarming 94% this past year.
Ella Belvin (11) is a guest writer for Tatler. She's actively involved in BBYO and on the leadership team for Belles Melodies at St. Mary's.