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Jewish a cappella group performs at Brussels vigil after shootings

Like other college singing groups, Yale’s Jewish a cappella group planned a summer tour in Europe. But the 13 members of Magevet didn't plan to arrive in Brussels the day after a gunman killed four people at the city's Jewish Museum of Belgium.

Their concert, scheduled for May 25 at the Jewish Community Center, was moved for security reasons to a private home. Then Magevet joined 2,000 other people at a vigil outside the museum.

They didn't know what to sing. Then, Joshua Fitt ’17 told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “people from the vigil spontaneously started singing ‘Hatikva,’” the Israeli national anthem, whose title means “The Hope.”

“So we joined the singing and took it from there.”

With the unidentified murderer still on the loose, just showing up at the vigil took courage, JTA points out, adding that “many Jewish parents came with their children” in a show of unity.

Magevet’s summer tour began in Paris and will end next week in Amsterdam.


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