A Statement from Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D., Interim President of Queensborough Community College
Our thoughts are with all those struggling with inconsolable grief as a result of the deadly attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue over the weekend. A tragedy of this scale stuns and saddens us all. For many, this horrific attack triggers memories of prejudice and even violence suffered because of differences in beliefs, national origin, race or gender.
In response to this tragic event the student-led Hillel Club will host a college-wide event at our Kupferberg Holocaust Center on Wednesday, October 31st at 12:15 pm that will include remarks by Rabbi Akiva Rutenberg of the Emet Outreach Organization, as well as Queensborough Professor Reuvain Zahavy, advisor to the club. The Kupferberg Center will also hold an indoor candlelight vigil and read the names of the victims during our Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, November 11 at 1pm.
Queensborough will also hold a moment of silence during our Annual Veterans Day Reflection and Remembrance Ceremony at the Charles F. Bova Veterans Memorial Grove on Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 am.
The deadly anti-Semitic act of violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue took place only days after two African-Americans were randomly murdered while shopping for groceries in a Louisville suburb, and multiple explosive devices were sent to national leaders.
During this time, it is more important than ever for our entire community, including our students, faculty, and staff, to unite and hold close Queensborough’s everlasting principles of inclusiveness, equality, trust and respect.
Please remember that our Counseling Center is always available to provide personal support and other free resources for members of the College community. Information about additional services for Queensborough employees is available through the CUNY Work/Life Program.
Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D.