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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  • Mukid Ahmed
    Mukid Ahmed 16 hours ago

    May god be with them all

    I dont need likes i need people to respect the many loved ones

  • Noura Ly
    Noura Ly 18 hours ago

    I feel like this needs to stop. I am Muslim and I’m upset after the New Zealand shooting

  • Ack
    Ack 23 hours ago

    I didn’t really know what It means

  • ReplayTSL
    ReplayTSL Day ago

    I just want to know. Did the child and his parents survive the shooting, or was one of them killed?

  • Jose Gonzalez
    Jose Gonzalez Day ago

    What if ur sister is watching this lol

  • Mayah Yedenekachew

    what happened to the baby

  • SomeKidNamedAfan

    Haha, I don't care.

  • Willy Is cool
    Willy Is cool Day ago

    Did you know that one of the guys who was part of this was a German who’s father was a soldier around Adolf Hitlers time? Germany is actually having a problem with Jews since Adolf Hitlers death!

  • Sandra Hollingsworth

    God gave us a beautiful place to stay and this is what the world has come to, just sad, so sad 😭😭😭😭

  • Maura10 Aisha
    Maura10 Aisha Day ago

    I'm a Muslim and I cried when I watch this. Stay strong my, sister. I've been through that before...

  • D Bangz
    D Bangz 2 days ago

    Haha jews died

  • Michael Yonko
    Michael Yonko 2 days ago +1

    God be with the Jewish community in this country

  • Annie's Vlog
    Annie's Vlog 2 days ago

    One time at my school in year 4 we were sent into lockdown because a year six boy said that he saw a man with a gun all dressed in black walking around the campus. Our school went into lockdown for 2hrs and from my classroom you could see all the police and the dog squad. There were about 7 German shepherds with police officers walking around luckily there was no man but at the time I was in America so I don’t know what happened if it was a prank or what but it was my best friends birthday on that day

  • Annie's Vlog
    Annie's Vlog 2 days ago +1

    And now the shooting at Christ church in New Zealand. Though there was one guy who held up a poster while some muslims were praying for the ones who had been shot and the poster said “DONT WORRY, I WILL WATCH OVER YOU WHILE YOU PRAY” that sent me to tears how a stranger would watch them while they pray making sure they stay safe

  • uvhuvvhv evieofhyfv
    uvhuvvhv evieofhyfv 3 days ago +1

    You should had let your younger sister know. I think the younger the child is exposed to this, the more likely its gonna cause them to do better in their lives

  • BuildingBoy
    BuildingBoy 3 days ago

    Im not sure if this is important but in my town there was a guy Edin Gacic that escaped jail and just started a massacre on everybody including his mother but luckily the police caught him

  • Jewel Mine
    Jewel Mine 4 days ago

    oh god this video is even more scary considering there was just a shooting in new zeleand over similar reasons with two mosques.

  • Galaxy EnVy
    Galaxy EnVy 4 days ago

    Bella you're weak,worthless,ugly,fat,bad,idiotic,dumb,and stupid

  • nightcrawler 3195
    nightcrawler 3195 4 days ago

    People realize this shit happens all the time right?

  • Alex Hall
    Alex Hall 4 days ago

    Where is pittsbourgh

  • Daniela Turrent
    Daniela Turrent 4 days ago

    Did the baby die? But plz this is so sad we have to pray that shootings stop ✋ it is not ok

  • xXLilyExistsXx - Crazed Fangirl

    My principal is Jewish and I’m from Pittsburgh. The thought has never left my mind. I don’t think I need to say what I’m thinking.

  • xXLilyExistsXx - Crazed Fangirl

    I’m from Pittsburgh. One of the people killed was buried right around the corner from my neighborhood. #StrongerThanHate

  • Yolanda Fernandez
    Yolanda Fernandez 5 days ago

    There was a shooting at a Church?
    Well at least God is at ever church and he is protecting us.

  • Grace LY
    Grace LY 5 days ago

    Did anyone hear about the NZ christchurch shooting? They shot Islams and it is so sad that people can be so cruel and hateful. Its messed up.

  • sullen jet084
    sullen jet084 5 days ago

    Yes I watch the news new Mexico was hit by two EF tornadoes scary but my class thinks I'm super evil for the Gallup shooting I was like the past is the past future is now get over it but o have little feeling so I just say what my soullessness heart I been going through a lot now so who knows I might just be more evil look at my channle to see what I mean a lot

  • Cotten Candy
    Cotten Candy 6 days ago


  • GreenTamo
    GreenTamo 6 days ago

    wow, happened on my sisters bday lol

  • Smog
    Smog 6 days ago

    Why the fuck am I watching dis?

  • sky Animations
    sky Animations 7 days ago

    Why is this our world,why so people make these decisions?!?!?!?!?! this is so heart breaking...

  • Galaxy Ramen
    Galaxy Ramen 7 days ago

    Why is the world so cruel first there was a Florida school shooting now this!Dang now I don’t even trust my friends parents safety going anywhere!i only trust family now!

  • Kate Weir
    Kate Weir 7 days ago

    This is stupid I hate religion

  • //Racoon//
    //Racoon// 8 days ago

    I’m in Australia
    I’m not Jewish
    But boy do I hate shooters. I feel so sorry for every American, Every human that has to go through this. In Australia, we have gun control which is extremely helpful. Shootings rarely happen but when it does, I’m freaked out.

  • claire gheill
    claire gheill 8 days ago

    I’ve herd about this as well

  • Poochilli Pickles
    Poochilli Pickles 8 days ago

    The baby is ok guys

  • Princess Airene Contillo Araniego

    October is halloween in baldi basics idk...

  • PeppermintPawz
    PeppermintPawz 8 days ago

    BISH why they all over 50?

  • PlayLand Егора
    PlayLand Егора 8 days ago

    Cool i love religion and wish a peace,!!!

  • unkown user09
    unkown user09 9 days ago

    At least the baby was alright 1 like = 1 prayer

    CARE TV 9 days ago +2

    how dare you murder a baby?!?!?!! If you do that again I'm gonna

    Read More

  • Carolleen Mafi
    Carolleen Mafi 9 days ago

    it is just a tree 🌲 but it means a lot to many people it is time to grow idiots

  • Nguyet Nguyen
    Nguyet Nguyen 9 days ago


  • Beebo! At The Disco
    Beebo! At The Disco 9 days ago +1

    Yes but I still life my life.

  • Hannah R
    Hannah R 11 days ago

    I will support u all

  • Fatima Farooq
    Fatima Farooq 11 days ago

    This kind of story has also happened in my country. One of the best schools in my country, Army Public School (APS) was attacked by terrorists in the morning. This happened on 16 Dec, 2015. Over 150 students including teachers died. From Kindergarten to High School. They burned them, they slaughtered them. Especially the toddlers. This was the most horrible incident ever happened in history.

  • Solomon Meza
    Solomon Meza 12 days ago +1

    I'm Jewish 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

    • Earth
      Earth 10 days ago

      Solomon Meza fuck you
      Just kidding I’m a Jewish too

  • AlphaDenvia
    AlphaDenvia 12 days ago +1

    When the Vegas Shooting happened my parents didn't tell me, I found out by listening to the radio, and I was TERRIFIED at school that day.

  • Leila LSW
    Leila LSW 12 days ago

    I remember hearing that on the news

  • Steven Doljansky
    Steven Doljansky 13 days ago

    anyone else wondering why the f*** they have an asian in a Jewish religious school...

  • LittleJuniperr Intros
    LittleJuniperr Intros 13 days ago

    I hope the baby was ok

  • Andrew Hernandez
    Andrew Hernandez 14 days ago +1

    I HATE People that shoot up schools and churches and I really hate it because I'm Catholic and I feel sad for those people and the newborn

  • Leti Da foxy gurl
    Leti Da foxy gurl 14 days ago

    the baby died before it ever got a name or said it’s first word or made any happy memories with its parents :,(

  • Super Hamster Gaming
    Super Hamster Gaming 14 days ago

    Did the newborn die....? I’m so sorry...

  • Stara Hamid
    Stara Hamid 14 days ago

    Now I'm scared cause my sister said that a school in a country New York I thing there were a group of people shooting

  • Love_Loved Mia
    Love_Loved Mia 15 days ago

    Omg 1 day after my birthday LOL

  • TheKiller293 Plays
    TheKiller293 Plays 15 days ago

    Wait That baby died ?

  • Nellie 1
    Nellie 1 16 days ago

    I was in Pittsburgh at the time... Squrrle Hill is one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh. I cried so much. For 2 weeks as I went by I saw at least 50,000lbs of flowers. I love this city so much and didn't think anyone from here was capable if this. I drove past the crime scene an hour after it happened. I was so emotional and felt terrible for everyone in the situation and their families. I wish the best to everyone...

  • Heartlover 79
    Heartlover 79 16 days ago

    Hopefully, the baby and his parents weren't hurt!

  • Yareli Martinez
    Yareli Martinez 16 days ago

    There was a school shoting in Richmond Indiana my friends were in Denis intermediate no one got injured but the shooter, he killed him self. I haved a close friend their she was crying so much. And my and her step sister went to her house to forget everything that happened my school test intermediate were in classroom secure. Nobody could leave and we had to have a teacher with us. The next day barly any kids came to school.

  • JaGachaGirlzz123 0
    JaGachaGirlzz123 0 17 days ago

    My mom got me a new tablet not an iPad we can't afford it an I'm grateful of what I have and what I don't have but thankfuly, tomorrow I'm in Disney in ca

  • Raulito Valdez
    Raulito Valdez 17 days ago

    Haha hahaha hahaha this is so funny 😂

    • Earth
      Earth 10 days ago

      +AndrewTRM yea

    • AndrewTRM
      AndrewTRM 10 days ago

      +Earth geez he must have issues earth

    • Earth
      Earth 10 days ago +2

      AndrewTRM probaly a guy like the murders

    • AndrewTRM
      AndrewTRM 12 days ago +1


  • a person you should know

    Can't we just ban guns like Canada

  • Jerry The Mouse
    Jerry The Mouse 17 days ago

    Blame ISIS For This Attack

    • Earth
      Earth 10 days ago

      Jerry The Mouse lets blame Jews like we are doing everytime

  • StellaRstar 12
    StellaRstar 12 18 days ago

    My friends grandfather got shot...

  • fatou traore
    fatou traore 18 days ago

    october 27 was on saturday last year 🤷🏾‍♀️

  • Gamerbutts123
    Gamerbutts123 18 days ago

    Who the fuck can be heartless enough to shoot a celebration of a 8 day old

  • Lillith Let’s play and more

    When something bad happens I don’t cry but I cry when something happeneds to my crush or my best friends

  • Abi Simmonds
    Abi Simmonds 18 days ago

    I send all my thought and prayers to everyone harmed physically and emotionally ❤❤❤❤

  • Kalei Alameida
    Kalei Alameida 18 days ago +2

    I’m sorry about the people that went through this is so scary and not cool

  • E Vaughan
    E Vaughan 19 days ago

    i am so saad

  • Kitty Savage
    Kitty Savage 19 days ago

    The vote said yes but I still LIFE ME LIFE

  • Zahira Freeman
    Zahira Freeman 19 days ago

    I am not Jewish, but this makes my heart sink. Bless y’all. This is also the day before my birthday, October 28, 😭😢

  • JMO Nguyen
    JMO Nguyen 19 days ago

    Listening to her crying and Stuttering, makes me scared and feel bad that it might happen again...

  • adsl 609
    adsl 609 19 days ago +1

    I did not know they were jewish til the end

  • ROBLOX Bloxy_Oofers
    ROBLOX Bloxy_Oofers 20 days ago +2

    The nazi are back

    • Earth
      Earth 10 days ago

      ROBLOX Bloxy_Oofers they always exist

  • Gamingbacon
    Gamingbacon 20 days ago +1

    This reminds of the terrorizes attack in sweden
    My cousin and my friend brother and mom almost died cuz they were close my cousin was locked in a room for about three hours and my friend was almost about to go there and then he realized crashed in a car in Åhléns and then he was like nope.

  • Maria Romero Cruz
    Maria Romero Cruz 20 days ago +1

    *To ThE FuRnaCe*

  • Luke Johnson
    Luke Johnson 22 days ago +1

    1 like=1 prayer

  • Shaila Gonzalez
    Shaila Gonzalez 22 days ago +1

    i feel bad about the people who died and i still don't get what happen please explain I still dont really get this?????

  • Gabriela Hernandez
    Gabriela Hernandez 22 days ago +1

    Hi my name is Gabriel so just call me Gabi wen I was in my old school I have friends and a dud got a gun kids were freaking out but I did not die and in the video shoot a baby so sad rip rast 💙💚😢🌹🌺🌻🌼🌷🏵️💮🌸

  • João thi read me
    João thi read me 22 days ago


  • Emily Orozco
    Emily Orozco 23 days ago

    1 like

  • Azhen Tube lime 2
    Azhen Tube lime 2 23 days ago +2

    Cat: meow meow
    Dog: woof woof
    Annoying people: first first

  • Superior X
    Superior X 24 days ago

    Racist cunt shooters (soz for language)

  • SomeKidNamedBrody
    SomeKidNamedBrody 24 days ago +1

    I live in Pittsburgh

  • Guns n Roses
    Guns n Roses 24 days ago +1

    I know where you are coming from. I'm Jewish too. My friend was in the synagogue the day of the shooting. It's horrible to think that this is the way the world is right now. #1 like= 1 prayer

  • Campbell Quattlebaum
    Campbell Quattlebaum 24 days ago

    Oh no 27 is my lucky number

  • Drjellyfish247
    Drjellyfish247 24 days ago +1

    I was eating Cheetos when I saw the news thing on USclip I almost choked

  • Sparkle and Shine
    Sparkle and Shine 25 days ago

    Who can dislike a story like this

  • AppleScotch Pie
    AppleScotch Pie 26 days ago +1

    Video: there was a shooting in a synagogue
    Comments: but pALISTINE--

  • Leonardo Muratovic
    Leonardo Muratovic 26 days ago


  • Super Nova
    Super Nova 26 days ago

    I’ll gas you

  • 1rebmundellikHELP
    1rebmundellikHELP 26 days ago

    My school is safe there's always an officer roaming around sometimes at my school he's been there since the first day

  • Xteria
    Xteria 27 days ago +7

    One of the people killed was my father's teacher..

  • MinaSweets 367
    MinaSweets 367 27 days ago +2

    I live VERY close to the street in the synagogue. LIKE I CAN WALK THERE. I was terrified

  • Funny Stuff????
    Funny Stuff???? 27 days ago

    Get fucked

  • The 2 Bros In Black
    The 2 Bros In Black 27 days ago

    I'm jewish

  • The 2 Bros In Black
    The 2 Bros In Black 27 days ago

    I go to a synagogue

  • Luminøus
    Luminøus 28 days ago +1

    I hate when theres a traumatic event and teachers ask
    *"How do you feel about this"*

    R e a l l y