I Am Afraid After The Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh

  • Published on Dec 11, 2018
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    Bella lives in a neighborhood called Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. She's grown up there, lived there her whole life, has her friends and her synagogue there, right near the Tree of Life synagogue, and it had always been a peaceful neighborhood - diverse and accepting - a really nice place to live. There were a lot of Jewish families who lived there and she could hardly remember any anti semitism ever happening around them.
    But, on Saturday, October 27th, she slept in late and only woke up when her mom called to her from the other room at around eleven o'clock. She ran in to her Mom's room and her younger sister was there and they looked awful, pale, afraid and scared. Bella didn't know what was going on, and her mom would only whisper because she didn't want Bella's youngest sister to wake up. But something really, really bad was going on - you could tell from the terrified looks on her Mom and sister.
    Her mom asked is she'd looked at her phone yet, if she'd seen or heard any of what was on the news. She'd heard lots of sirens in her half sleep, but they didn't wake her - what was going on? Her mom sat her down and told her that there had been a mass shooting at a temple - the Tree of Life synagogue right there in squirrel hill.
    Bella gasped and sat down hard. She was so scared, afraid, shaking and crying. She was just in shock that something like this had happened, in their neighborhood, at a synagogue that was practically right next to the one she attended. Also, the fact that it was all because of their religion, all because they were Jewish, and this scared Bella too - the ant-semitism, and all these shootings taking place everywhere.
    What made the tragedy even worse was the fact that it was Shabbat, the holiest day of the week for the Jewish people -- all they were doing was praying -- and that morning the Tree of Life synagogue was having a baby naming for a new baby just born into their community, a special and festive and happy occasion. And an evil man full of hate and anti semitism came into their place of worship and shot and killed 11 people, including police and security guards.
    When Bella and her friends returned to their religious school, hebrew school, so many of them were on edge, scared, and couldn't quite put into words how awful and vulnerable it made them feel. Why was there anti semitism, or hate of any kind? Why couldn't people coexist without hatred and gun violence?
    After they had started their school day they had a special morning prayer service and they invited the congregation from the Tree of Life synagogue to join them. There were so many people there, mourning and praying, holding hands and supporting each other - praying for peace, and love, and for the souls of the those who passed to ascend. And they chanted and sang words of power, that they were strong and that they would not be afraid.
    The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has effected jews all over the United States and the world, and all people who enjoy feeling safe and free to worship how they choose under any religion they choose. Hopefully the families affected by this tragedy will be able to feel one day that those they lost did not die in vain and that they re-awakened the need for peace, and love, and light across the entire world.

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Comments • 15 525

  • Brian Cloud
    Brian Cloud 13 hours ago

    For some reason I think the gunman is a nazi follower or something

  • TurtleMrWilson
    TurtleMrWilson 14 hours ago +1

    Pittsburg is close to where I live and nothing bad happened yet

  • Archer Toplak
    Archer Toplak 18 hours ago

    i lived close to pittsburgh with my grandmo i dont any more but when it happend i was scared because i thot my gradmo mihght had been around there

  • Purple Bunni4203ッ
    Purple Bunni4203ッ 22 hours ago

    life my life???????????????????????

  • AMD Nation
    AMD Nation 23 hours ago

    I hope the baby survived 😭well I wish all of them survived 😭

  • Lucca Pedrazzi
    Lucca Pedrazzi Day ago

    This is just more proof why you have to be an atheist.

    It’s just a joke I’m not trying to make people ashamed of their religion.

  • Thomas B
    Thomas B Day ago

    Look at all the edgy alt right pizza delivery boys in these comments. The declining white working class male life span can’t drop fast enough.

  • Lisa George
    Lisa George Day ago

    When I watch this I don’t understand

  • PotatoBean_OwO
    PotatoBean_OwO Day ago

    Okay, so I am seeing quite a lot of comments saying that the girl in this video is being "over-dramatic" and that's honestly really really disappointing. She is mourning over the loss of a shooting that happened very close to where she is, shootings are a real problem and can affect someone in a lot of different ways, just like with other things. If you don't have anything nice to say then keep it too yourself.

  • GuavaGirlOnYT YO TENGO

    Be strong always be strong!

  • RandomGuyYT
    RandomGuyYT 2 days ago

    O crap i haven't watch your channel for like 2 months because of school and also when it was holiday i forgot to watch dang! So much videos.

  • Rimarrian
    Rimarrian 2 days ago

    Is this the new trend huh? well i guess schools are old now

  • super scout55
    super scout55 2 days ago

    What happened to the baby? Did the shooter have to be so heartless he killed an infant?

  • Galantis Aquatico Productions

    About school shootings i think its the lack of gun control and its the school systems fault for literally doing NOTHING to stop bullying. They will do anti bullying speeches in the gym or something but then when you report it they either say “well look into it” or “you need proof” first of all how do i find proof i don’t have a 247 camera on me to watch it and second of all THEY NEVER END UP LOOKING INTO IT. So there its not just gun control its the people with the guns that need support too most people don’t end up that way by just being born that way, in fact most of them are noticed by the parents but in some cases whoever lives/takes care of the person doesn’t do anything about it or just doesn’t know.

  • Galantis Aquatico Productions

    The 3.6k dislikes are from mindless shooters

  • Josie Authers
    Josie Authers 2 days ago

    I was not a witness or anything, but I am Jewish. Don't feel sorry for me, I experienced nothing, but we had some police in Hebrew School to make sure we were safe. We also went to a service about the shooting. I volunteer for a tot shabbat, and I had to explain to some toddlers what happened.

  • Henderson Noam
    Henderson Noam 3 days ago

    Uhhhh I don’t understand why is it so sad can someone tell me ?

  • Maryam Muhammad Sayeed
    Maryam Muhammad Sayeed 3 days ago +1

    Pray to allah to live

  • Ginger Fabian
    Ginger Fabian 3 days ago

    God will protect his people

  • 9homefries8 _
    9homefries8 _ 3 days ago +1

    Good goy

  • Lil Cake
    Lil Cake 3 days ago

    I am so sorry for you 😭

  • kylie byron
    kylie byron 3 days ago


  • Lakitona
    Lakitona 3 days ago

    Omg so sorry i have this happen to all black people it is normal but you go threw it in the aftermath!

  • Ray Diomix
    Ray Diomix 3 days ago

    This is the most bullshit story ever.

  • It's Your Highlights

    I've had friends shot and killed. Ave had a friend threaten to shoot up a school. But we convinced him not to... This stuff hurts!

  • My General
    My General 3 days ago

    Oy vey

  • FutureVortexYT
    FutureVortexYT 3 days ago +1

    I see a lot of Democrats and SJWS in this comment section mhmm

  • Otgonlkham Otgoo
    Otgonlkham Otgoo 3 days ago


  • Idk Pro
    Idk Pro 4 days ago +1

    I literally cried while watching this .

  • Rofuturekid
    Rofuturekid 4 days ago

    Why is she talking this so seriously I mean it is bad but it's not her fault

    • Kaeden Sanchez
      Kaeden Sanchez 4 days ago

      Rofuturekid exactly she might want attention from nothing she had to do with

  • -A fandøms
    -A fandøms 4 days ago

    I have these horrible stuff every day in my country every fuckin day all the time I'm so scared to go outside see the world, I'm so scared that I'll idk go to the cinema and apparently a terrorist will explode nexto me, I'm from Israel I am super proud to live here but the situation here is getting worse I'm definitely seeing a war coming up but we gotta stay strong.

  • Mikiou623
    Mikiou623 4 days ago +1

    My teacher talked about this at school,it was really scary tbh for the fact I live close to that synagogue

  • Roderick The Mad
    Roderick The Mad 4 days ago

    Millions die everyday so what?

  • Bella Brady
    Bella Brady 5 days ago

    Omg my name is Bella 2

  • Ricardo Mejia
    Ricardo Mejia 5 days ago

    Wow, drama queen

  • Anna Ross
    Anna Ross 5 days ago

    So sad I’m Jewish too

  • Super Rabbid
    Super Rabbid 5 days ago +1

    I visited Pittsburgh because my mom and dad are fans of the pirates. This shooting was so surprising and I didn't know a new born was there.

  • Rockstar bunny
    Rockstar bunny 6 days ago

    Omg the person's name is the same as mine my name is Bella OMG!!!!!!!!

  • iOpportunity
    iOpportunity 6 days ago

    i'm sad for jewish people who wants to live peacefully, i really hate people who wants to attack them,i'll try my best to support them.

  • Annalia Chan
    Annalia Chan 6 days ago

    I'm jewish

  • ahliyah dula
    ahliyah dula 6 days ago

    Well im not. Jewish but i hope. NOTHING bad. Happens. To u jews

  • Russia
    Russia 6 days ago


  • Cara McGonigle
    Cara McGonigle 6 days ago

    The exact same thing happened in a bar near my house and my grandad was there at the time...

  • Miguel Juarez
    Miguel Juarez 7 days ago

    October 27th is my birthday

  • Rare boi Chameleonkid

    This is normal I live in America so I when I see these things I shrug it off When i say that it does not mean I’m a bad person or a jerk this is the community we live in and as a twelve year old saying that it proves that there’s something wrong with earth

  • Shamekia Sabb
    Shamekia Sabb 8 days ago

    My name is Pittsburgh in fortnite but BTW where is that pls tell me

  • Rodrigo Jaramillo
    Rodrigo Jaramillo 8 days ago +1

    The girl with hair Brown Orange T-shirt shorts And sandals 0:12

  • Geography Nerd
    Geography Nerd 8 days ago

    If you disliked this, somethings wrong with you.

  • delighted lilyxo
    delighted lilyxo 8 days ago

    My Grandma lives in Pittsburg but somewhere else around there.. My mom didn't tell me nothing about it and my Grandma would have probably known? Idk about this so don't say it was literally everywhere because I don't get on electronics or tv a lot because I'd rather do something else but I hope that the family is okay.

  • Elijah Borces
    Elijah Borces 8 days ago

    Synagogue Shooting is violence

  • Elijah Borces
    Elijah Borces 8 days ago

    11 people were died and 6 people were injured in Pittsburgh,PA

  • just cuz
    just cuz 9 days ago

    this is such a small thing compared to what i’m going through. my family is current in the middle of the syria and if you don’t know, most of all of syria is in war and my family is litrally going through it rn.

  • Insane Yugo Wakfu
    Insane Yugo Wakfu 9 days ago

    Is it wrong that I did not cry at the shooting

  • Monica _ Vasquez
    Monica _ Vasquez 9 days ago +1

    How to stop over population, mhmm.

  • Sapphire Rose
    Sapphire Rose 9 days ago

    Connor from cyberlife

  • Victoria Garcia
    Victoria Garcia 9 days ago

    I’m sorry 😭 😢

  • Cream puff Lancers wife and girlfriend

    Great another school shooting

  • Daria Ralea
    Daria Ralea 9 days ago

    Ok... Not to be rude but i wouldn't cry if i heard there was a shooting in japan, i wouldn't be like omg i am scared i wanna die, i am soo soory for them, like....

  • Sonic Awsomes channel

    That was on my birthday

  • Atia Gaming
    Atia Gaming 9 days ago

    I used to live in pittsburg! Thank goodness I moved, because i'm half jewish!

  • Nickolas Ariel
    Nickolas Ariel 10 days ago

    Give EVERYONE a gun.its their right.What can go wrong?

    • FutureVortexYT
      FutureVortexYT 3 days ago

      Nickolas Ariel not everyone you stupid fuck he bought it illegally u dumb shit

  • Violet Blossom
    Violet Blossom 10 days ago

    As a jew myself, im still praying for the victims of this horible hate crime

  • PixelJinx Gamer
    PixelJinx Gamer 10 days ago

    And still there were 2 shootings on the very 1st day of 2019. In one day. No changes are going to be made soon, thanks to laws and whatever. Grateful to not live in the US (sorry if that is offensive but I don’t want to be in a shooting so yeah don’t reply hating on me pls)

  • Reaper25
    Reaper25 10 days ago

    I hate AR-15s so much

  • Lazer Tal
    Lazer Tal 10 days ago

    I was on a cruise when this happened

  • HexBolts 4Life
    HexBolts 4Life 10 days ago

    I can relate because on 1/1/2008 my uncle was murdered by a 16 and 18 year old boys when i was only 2. Not even 18 year olds need guns

  • Wilton & Autumn Playz
    Wilton & Autumn Playz 10 days ago +1

    On that day of the shooting is Autumns B day......

  • Athea Reign Pesa
    Athea Reign Pesa 10 days ago

    That’s short but sad cuz a Baby died very early.... *starts to cry*👩‍👧😭😔

  • Potato The Animation
    Potato The Animation 10 days ago

    My story and it’s true story
    When I was in school I saw some police car outside but I didn’t care about it because I just think “oh they just come here for something then leave” but suddenly after some hours my teacher say that the school name HTS (why the name like bts)
    Have been exploring by bombers when they sitting and studying but they are safe no one get hurt or die and now they in the place that I don’t know the name BUT SERIOUSLY IT’S SWEDEN!? AND IT’S AN HIGHSCHOOL why would the person or the group would exploding the school?
    And the police keep go around and finding if my school are safe cause HTS school is in the place in my city so it’s kinda dangerous
    but me and my friends is kinda not that over reacting like “OMG” or that shock. But I kinda scared because I have a knife that cutting paper in my pocket and I have it for no reason just cutting paper duh and somehow luckily we survived but ours teacher still nervous that we can get hurt after school so she say “Ok kids i can’t let you guys walk home alone so you guys must call parent or your older siblings but I with my two best friends can’t cause they are on business or school not the HTS school of course.
    So we say to the teacher that we can’t cause our parents and siblings and she say “oh.hm...but you guys can walk with each other right?”
    We say “yes” cause we live near each other.
    So we just walk home without getting hurt
    Andddd that’s end of the story lol oh and you wonder about my classmate they are fine too no hurt or something so yeah
    It’s end I guess....

  • Gwendalynn Alvarado
    Gwendalynn Alvarado 10 days ago +1

    This is like us with the twin towers

  • Riffat Abbas Safdar
    Riffat Abbas Safdar 10 days ago

    And jews

  • Riffat Abbas Safdar
    Riffat Abbas Safdar 10 days ago

    I hate israel

  • DangGachaRay GachaLife

    Funny thing is the date that u said is my bff bday

  • Charley Farrelly
    Charley Farrelly 11 days ago

    what the fuckity fuck

    SEAN THE SAVAGE 11 days ago

    Thats my birth day

  • Cristian Lovato
    Cristian Lovato 11 days ago

    that's my birthday

  • GalaxyGamerTuber
    GalaxyGamerTuber 12 days ago

    Wjen u said the newborn died i cried

  • Helene Depierne
    Helene Depierne 12 days ago


  • Aitana Azaldegui
    Aitana Azaldegui 12 days ago

    Why was this vid made on my b-say??):

  • Amai Lenari
    Amai Lenari 13 days ago

    That was the day right after my birthday...

  • Mr Grim
    Mr Grim 13 days ago

    Ich bin wieder Ficker

  • Met3lAngel
    Met3lAngel 13 days ago +1

    Jesus. Dramatic much? Jews can alway pass themselves as other whites unlike other minorities.

  • Esperanza Guzman
    Esperanza Guzman 13 days ago

    I also live in there

  • 3GgG R0lL. Яйцо Ролл

    This happened because they fought over a penny

  • emilio serrano
    emilio serrano 13 days ago

    Was the baby killed in the shooting?

  • Ceasar The BlueBerry
    Ceasar The BlueBerry 13 days ago

    I know it’s sad but it’s natural.People die all the time...you just have to get used to it

  • Violet Hannah Gamer26#Unicorn squad

    OMG was that 2018 the day of oct 27 is after my bday and
    one of my grannie's bday
    Omg this is a sad video
    i am glad shes ok

  • DGtale Nina642
    DGtale Nina642 14 days ago

    It's so TERRIBLE 😢😢😢

  • Clyde Elliott1
    Clyde Elliott1 14 days ago

    My 70year old uncle best FREIND died in that shooting

  • typical city girl
    typical city girl 14 days ago

    I still don’t see the big fuss about this... NO HATE!!! Just need an explanation

  • Sara Ghazi
    Sara Ghazi 14 days ago

    A day before my birthday wow depressing af

  • Spastiikk
    Spastiikk 14 days ago

    Just get out of america lol

  • Ticia C
    Ticia C 14 days ago +1

    My b'day is October 27th
    That is just sad😳

  • that1noodle oof
    that1noodle oof 14 days ago

    even though i will say i am christain and know nothing about jewish culture, i believe we should all be in acceptance and things like this should never happen, we are all human, we are the same species we should NOT and i reapeat NOT be fighting over belief.
    edit: may i mention i know barely anything about other culture and if this commet makes anybody mad i am sincerely sorry

  • Lailoni Ortega
    Lailoni Ortega 14 days ago

    OMG I live in bever falls pa

  • Kitten Corner500
    Kitten Corner500 14 days ago

    i feel sorry for all of those people
    1 like = 1 prayer for those who have lost loved ones

  • Blueolt Productions
    Blueolt Productions 14 days ago

    My fellow yinzers we must rize up and become independent from the usa and ban fire arms

  • jlk Kotvas
    jlk Kotvas 14 days ago +1

    I live in Pittsburgh and it was horrifying I’m quite young and it’s sad

  • Dusan Mihajlović
    Dusan Mihajlović 14 days ago +1

    I guess it's now called Tree of death

    Ok I'll stop