Jewish community organizes vigil for Israeli hostages in Gaza About 60 students, faculty and New Haven residents joined last Friday in an hour-long vigil for Israeli hostages still held in Gaza. The demonstration featured a Shabbat table set for each of the hostages as well as speeches and readings from students. Words by Nora Moses. Photos by Ellie Park.
The event on Cross Campus featured a long table, where each chair had the photo and name of a hostage. The table was set for Shabbat, the Jewish religious observance that begins each Friday at sundown.
“If they were home in Israel right now, tonight they would be able to have Shabbat dinner with their families — something they haven’t been able to do in months,” said Sammy Rosenberg ’26, another student organizer.
The speech began with an introduction from Israel, who spoke about the reasons for the demonstration. After him, Aaron Schorr ’24 addressed the group.
Schorr spoke about his childhood friend Hersh Goldberg-Polin, a 23-year-old who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7, and his schoolmate and neighbor Aner Shapira, who was killed during Hamas’ attack on the Nova music festival that same day.