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 • 14 309

  • Sandra Svetkovaite
    Sandra Svetkovaite 23 hours ago

    Oh my gosh! To Lithuania was more wors! But your too is wors how thats happend

  • Sunsetgacha _life
    Sunsetgacha _life 2 days ago

    I̶m̶ s̶o̶r̶r̶y̶ f̶o̶r̶ t̶h̶a̶t̶!

  • Sunsetgacha _life
    Sunsetgacha _life 2 days ago

    Hey I was born in October too!

  • Kyrita Smith-mackleshark

    That was on my birthday?

  • comfy sisters
    comfy sisters 2 days ago

    i live in pittsburgh. it was so scary:( i drove past it and heard shots...

  • Abdullah Jaralla
    Abdullah Jaralla 2 days ago

    Book Jews Knigge

  • despicable boii
    despicable boii 2 days ago

    Mostly old people.

    LEONG KUM FATT 3 days ago

    The shooting might be from ISIS or Palestine.

  • jasmine rose
    jasmine rose 5 days ago


  • Sophia Starz
    Sophia Starz 7 days ago

    Hey I live in Pittsburgh

  • Alyssa marie jimenez

    The woman actually took sacrifice.., And she did it for the girl and the man.., Bless that woman.. And.. That 19 year old teen needs to actually be in death row..

  • Freddy Arredondo
    Freddy Arredondo 8 days ago

    Aww that’s sad

  • Ashlyn612
    Ashlyn612 8 days ago

    Alright now listen my homeboys.
    There’s too much bad people in the world to balance out the good.
    Accept it.

  • Mary-jayne Goodsell
    Mary-jayne Goodsell 8 days ago

    I feel so bad I am crying

  • cool cris
    cool cris 9 days ago +2

    oh crap that's my birthday , hey I'm not the one who caused this ok so don't be mad

  • Theblueguy35 and Roblox

    One question. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BABY?!

  • Calico Bunny
    Calico Bunny 11 days ago

    What’s wrong with these people? My heart goes out to everyone who has experienced a shooting, been close to a shooting, or even in a shooting. I remember once when I was almost in a shooting area; my family originally wanted to go to a mall, but we didn’t. Then later that day we found out that the mall we wanted to go to had a shooter. Thank god we didn’t go

  • ahh ahh
    ahh ahh 11 days ago

    Pennslyvania is an actual dump

  • Olivia the Horse
    Olivia the Horse 14 days ago

    Sad how she has PTSD now.

  • ShayLee Malcolm
    ShayLee Malcolm 14 days ago

    i live in greensburg

  • AKA.NormalBOI99
    AKA.NormalBOI99 16 days ago

    Also don’t forget about 10/1/17

  • Keeva Loves
    Keeva Loves 16 days ago +1

    I actually happen to live in Pittsburgh. The fact that a little baby boy can't celebrate how he's now 8 days old without violence is awful. That's not even nearly the right word to use.

  • Justin Ward
    Justin Ward 16 days ago

    Hope they won’t blame the gun that is what they love doing

  • Gamer Gurl1927
    Gamer Gurl1927 18 days ago

    I’m pretty sure his happened on my baby brother birthday...

  • Madison De la hoz
    Madison De la hoz 18 days ago +3

    this breaks my heart. As people WE have to make this better. 🥺🙏🏽🗣💔

  • Gamer AndreiYT
    Gamer AndreiYT 19 days ago

    I don't understand what's going on

  • Denz ORAA
    Denz ORAA 20 days ago +1

    OCTOBER 27?!?

  • Jessica Vally
    Jessica Vally 20 days ago +1

    Ik it’s rlly sad. I’m Jewish too

  • Spill the tea with jackie

    i live in cleveland ohio and pittsburgh is right next to us so i knew that when i clicked this video that it was probably gonna be pittsburgh because i think that ive seen the synagouge. But we shouldnt kill people when we are angry. Thats taking the lives of other peoples loved ones. No one should have to go through that.

  • Luna Cat lover
    Luna Cat lover 22 days ago +7

    He should go to prison of that he technically attempted murder

  • Erika The Furry slayer

    I saw this as an act of deus vult

  • Gabriella Simpson
    Gabriella Simpson 22 days ago

    yes we have to stop this

  • ParaEwie
    ParaEwie 23 days ago

    All religions are equal. Why do people think otherwise?

  • Lilydachile Paparika
    Lilydachile Paparika 23 days ago

    ✡️ hello Jewish ma Jewish peeps

  • Leffy
    Leffy 24 days ago

    Wtf lmao 😂😂

  • RobotMaker100569 Onose

    I wasnt worry but, in brazil, There also was a shooting.

  • Secret tomboy Superstar

    It’s extremely shocking that this happens. Why people stupid enough to hate on people doing nothing wrong?

  • Secret tomboy Superstar

    This story is really touching

  • Daniel Tamo
    Daniel Tamo 25 days ago

    Jews : *crying*
    Hitler : " NAZI FTW "
    Me : I'm sorry for making this comment

  • Spider 2.0
    Spider 2.0 25 days ago

    I’m not going to judge because I’m sure not everyone is like this, but so many people from so many different religions just hate me. It’s funny but also a bit annoying. I’m not religious but yeesh, is that a crime? This video just reminded me of that problem I have. Nonetheless, it’s still sad to see this happen.

    DASMARTGUY DASMARTGUY 26 days ago +1

    I’m i the only one that wonders that it was on Saturday?

  • Mike Wazoskiii
    Mike Wazoskiii 27 days ago +2

    Did the baby die?!!?

  • bts sugasun 6
    bts sugasun 6 27 days ago

    I hate that this happens and my friend's relative has a lot of Passion with the star of David and this makes me sad and angry that people do this

  • Bacony hair
    Bacony hair 27 days ago

    The thing is,we can't change it,a year later,5 months later,on March 15 2019 a shooting happened in a mosque in Christchurch,New Zealand which left 49 dead,then recently a Turkish man died from the massacre so it went up to 51 deaths and then on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka we saw the suicide bomber pat a child on his head then proceed to enter the church and kill 200+ people,then there were 2 more synagogue shootings in the USA

    Sad reality of the place we live in,and we srsly need advanced security in the places of worship for people,it should be a safe place for people to worship their god.

  • Sophie McFarlane
    Sophie McFarlane 28 days ago


  • Sergej Salonski
    Sergej Salonski 28 days ago

    This is the worst storybooth video ever
    Wouldn't there be a shooting survivor not a Jewish person who saw that on tv

  • gachalife_videos
    gachalife_videos 28 days ago


  • Seb In Spaace!
    Seb In Spaace! 28 days ago

    Oh yeah, I totally get scared shitless when I go to church.

  • Lita H
    Lita H 29 days ago


  • Pardeep Buttar
    Pardeep Buttar 29 days ago +1

    U r just lying

  • Its_Ya_Gurl_Bri
    Its_Ya_Gurl_Bri Month ago

    October 27th is my birthday something horrible happened ON MY BIRTHDAY AHHHHH

  • TEAM ExtensionX
    TEAM ExtensionX Month ago

    Heres an story that u can be a criminal:
    As an teen. If the teen started vaping. That mean they started getting bad or dark or stuff that's worst.
    As an half adult. If the half adult smoke. That means he maybe forgot to go home if he goes an friends house and started drinking drunk stuff.
    As an Adult. If the adult drinks drunk stuff too much.
    That means he can abuse child and wife and gets arrested.
    As an (criminal) Adult. If he breaks out in school with his criminal friends. That means he can shoot kids and steal money ILLEGALLY. If he got arrested again but AS AN MURDER.
    Your going to get killed.
    So dont vape if your an teenager

  • Mapleshade The warrior clone

    When everybody is traumatized about a shooting, that teacher asks
    *How did you feel about this?*
    S E R I O U S L Y P E O P L E

  • Yung Eddy
    Yung Eddy Month ago

    “We chanted we are not afraid!” Title *I am Afraid after the synagogue shooting*

  • Mario Bowser494
    Mario Bowser494 Month ago +1


  • Gacha Hanna
    Gacha Hanna Month ago

    27 October is my birthday 😯

  • [CDR] Shaker
    [CDR] Shaker Month ago


    I live in Pittsburgh. Shouldn't I be scared

  • Kiana Elizabeth
    Kiana Elizabeth Month ago

    Did the baby die?

  • Nicholle Cahill
    Nicholle Cahill Month ago

    I live in Pittsburghpa

  • verizon fios
    verizon fios Month ago

    I cannot believe you reacted like this. My cousin was killed in the shooting (Daniel Stein). I never cried. I am so glad the shooter went at that time. It was only old Jews who were there, peacefully preying. If the shooter had done it on the Jewish new years or on Hanukkah, it would have been devastating. I always will be glad that he shot up when he did.

  • Ronney Zamora
    Ronney Zamora Month ago

    Wanna know who caused this shooting last year? It was Robert Gregory Bowers.

  • that one scout main

    Kill all sinners

  • Mauricia
    Mauricia Month ago


  • Mauricia
    Mauricia Month ago

    Who ever killed the people is mean

  • SarahWestRules2007
    SarahWestRules2007 Month ago

    That was on my cousin Jaxon's birthday

  • XxItzMoon Child
    XxItzMoon Child Month ago

    I have family who lives in Pittsburgh, and we were inviting friends over to celebrate my brothers birthday and while we we're waiting I checked my phone and I saw the news about the shooting and I felt awful. :(

  • Samantha Barre
    Samantha Barre Month ago

    This is funny

  • Yurelli Bazan
    Yurelli Bazan Month ago

    like why is there a witch craft
    sign on her school

  • Patrick Colonia
    Patrick Colonia Month ago +2

    The first time I saw this video, I actually prayed the Lord's Prayer to the number of victims that there were.

  • Don’t look at my profile Banner

    1:00 I was saying, “what’s wrong? What’s wrong?”. And then, my younger sister came in saying “ *w* *h* *a* *t* *‘* *s* *w* *r* *o* *n* *g* *?*” Anndd I told her to leave the room and do something else. And then I walked up to my mom and said

    *W* *H* *A* *T* *‘* *S*
    *W* *R* *O* *N* *G* *?*

  • Arctic Clean.
    Arctic Clean. Month ago

    Recently we had a mosque shooting in one of our most populated cities that I lived at 2 years ago by an Australian, I think you can guess where this is

  • ink poisoning
    ink poisoning Month ago

    (just remember I'm an idiot that knows nothing about Judaism). Why do people hate people who believe in Judaism I mean it just doesn't make any sense to me I'm a Christian and what I know is only a very little bit about Judaism in that is they don't believe in the New testament (aka the part where Jesus comes in) so isn't Christianity Judaism accept with more stuff added.

    Judaism the game (now with DLC

  • Crown Playz
    Crown Playz Month ago

    *looks at location*
    *Okay I'm gonna make sure I don't go there*
    But seriously this is so sad :( so many countries get affected and it's not fair :( we need to do something about this problem.

  • Hunter Mcwhirter vlogs

    To be honest it’s gone far enough if we really have to we need swat team every day in front of all schools and at least 30 police surrounding every school every day if that what it takes to stop these people from shooting up schools

  • baddie lele
    baddie lele Month ago

    This was before my brothers bday

  • Jannah Jannah
    Jannah Jannah Month ago

    omg so scary wawawa

  • ItzTheMidget German

    I live in Munhall which is literally right next to homestead which is next to squirrel hill. It was scary because my uncle works for the FBI and he got shot.

  • Monkey Boy
    Monkey Boy Month ago

    I feel bad for her and her family, and the families that got affected by the shooting

  • Tea Spiller
    Tea Spiller Month ago

    This is just so sad, that innocent people get killed just because somone is racist😔 same thing about the new zeland terror attack, this is not our world 😖💔

  • HighNeder Mapper
    HighNeder Mapper Month ago

    Good old America with the shootings again!

  • blank blank
    blank blank Month ago

    Its ok one time i saw a synagogue shooting i was afraid i even go to a synagogue my self i am Jewish

  • Annaliza Saturnino
    Annaliza Saturnino Month ago

    Please lord help this womman to be happy and forget what all has happend and the shooter should be in hell for the
    Rest of her life god bless you

  • KawwaiLexiXOX 01
    KawwaiLexiXOX 01 Month ago

    :P What do you mean syanouge shooting????

  • Rah Mel
    Rah Mel Month ago

    I pray to god that those who lost their lives are in a better place and being healed.

  • Rah Mel
    Rah Mel Month ago

    My writing teacher says people are killed everyday for practicing different religions.

  • Extreme Gamer
    Extreme Gamer Month ago +1

    😈😈😈😈😈😈😈👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌 this is beautiful

  • Anthony David
    Anthony David Month ago

    How god😭😭😭😭😭

  • Anthony David
    Anthony David Month ago

    How god😭😭😭😭😭

  • TheTorblox2
    TheTorblox2 Month ago

    I'm not too emotional about crimes because in the news, it just happens too frequent.

  • Sean Michaels
    Sean Michaels Month ago

    I have a few words for the Synagogue Shooter:
    You're a gullible Aryan looking fuckface! You're also one of many delusional asshats! Even the most religious Jew is less gullible than you. Rot in jail, you're going to hell!

  • its fun layla cevrates

    Their was a 18 year old shooter in all the colerdo schools she was found dead in the montens she shoot her self to npt go to jale god belss you guss

  • Veronica Montoya
    Veronica Montoya Month ago

    Why were they crying

  • Dîżźíëø Ewĺïş

    Have a shout out to
    Jerry Rabinowitz
    Melvin Wax
    Joyce Fienberg
    Bernice Simon
    Daniel Stein
    David Rosenthal
    Cecil Rosenthal
    Irving Yonger
    Rose Mallinger

  • Hi Sisters
    Hi Sisters Month ago

    Before my brother went to college he saw a video of other religions disrespecting other religions and after that he said “I don’t understand why people do this, it’s usually against other peoples religions to disrespect other religions” This reminded me of that because I live in Pittsburgh

  • Kaleigh Laferriere
    Kaleigh Laferriere Month ago

    What’s a synagogue?😕

  • Bri Editz
    Bri Editz Month ago

    Omg I live in Pennsylvania too first time I saw a vid with someone who's a fellow pennsylvanian :D

  • Abby Fiorino
    Abby Fiorino Month ago +5

    People need to stop shooting people for no reason. And one of my old friends family members got shot

  • dose 2482
    dose 2482 Month ago

    Is this video is all about killing baby's or grow up kids?

  • Gacha Me
    Gacha Me Month ago

    My birthday is in October 22

  • Extreme Gamer
    Extreme Gamer Month ago +1

    I don t feel bad at all because i see the jews as less then human