Tragedy in New Zealand | Gratz College

Tragedy in New Zealand

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dear Gratz Community:

The recent events in New Zealand defy our imaginations and shock our souls. They remind us, once again, of the need for tolerance, education, interfaith and cross-cultural communication and understanding. The mass murder in New Zealand mirrors the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Once again, hate has led to senseless killings. Our school is committed to teaching and learning about the root causes of genocide, so we can combat it, and defeat it with ideas and knowledge. We are also committed to interfaith dialogue and leadership. We teach about both of these subjects to make the world a better, safer place.

We join our Muslim sisters and brothers in New Zealand, Philadelphia, and the world, in mourning those who perished because of unconscionable hatred.


Paul Finkelman, Ph.D.
President, Gratz College