We have all watched the news in horror at the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, the murder and kidnapping of innocents, from elderly Holocaust survivors to children, and the resulting war. Many members of our community are in unimaginable pain, terrified for loved ones in both Israel and Gaza, or mourning friends and family already lost to the horrific attacks and now to the war.
The ripple effects go far wider. For many of our Jewish students, colleagues, and alumni, this is yet another brutal reminder of their vulnerability, of rising antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world—an attack not just on a nation but on their identity. Many of our Muslim students, colleagues, and alumni also face the fear of collective blame and reprisals, worried about violence and discrimination.
For all of us, I hope we approach this moment with both deep empathy and compassion for our friends in pain. And in our feeling of powerlessness, I hope we can come together to pray hard for peace.
For those of you in need of comfort, I hope you’ll reach out to us through the resources below. We have been reaching out to many of our affected students directly but we are eager to do more.
Join the campus community at interfaith services this week:
- Lincoln Center campus on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., on the outdoor plaza;
- Rose Hill campus on Friday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. at Hughes Terrace near the statue of Ignatius.
Campus Center | CMCE Suite 215
441 E. Fordham Rd.
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 817-4500
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 636-6267
Counseling and Psychological Services
140 West 62nd Street, Room G-02
Phone: (212) 636-6225
O’Hare Hall, Basement
Phone: (718) 817-3725
University Health Services
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-7160
Rose Hill: (718) 817-4160
Any member of the campus community who needs help can also call Public Safety at (718) 817-2222: the phone is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.