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In the wake of the terror attack that fatally wounded Vanderbilt University graduate student Taylor Force and wounded 11 others, the following statement has been issued by Carol Hyatt, President and Mark S. Freedman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.


As many of you have heard, Taylor Force, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University was killed in a brutal terrorist attack in Israel. On behalf of our entire Jewish Federation family, we offer our deepest condolences and our prayers go out to the family and friends of Taylor Force. We are saddened beyond all measure at this wanton act of violence that has taken the life of such a fine young man.


Vanderbilt University and the State of Israel are an integral part of our Jewish Federation and the Nashville Jewish community. This tragic loss has hit home in a very profound way. We share the grief of all of the individuals whose loved ones were killed and injured today in Israel and during the recent terrorist violence targeted at all of Israel’s citizens. And we grieve for the Vanderbilt community which is shocked and suffering with the death of Taylor Force. 


The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee also stands by and with Israel and its people at this difficult time. We will continue with our ongoing engagement efforts with the Jewish State, through leading community trips to Israel and through our advocacy to advance the safety and security of Israel. 


As we receive additional information about the events that took place we will back in touch.




Carol Hyatt, President                 Mark S. Freedman, Executive Director


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