How Pittsburgh is Honoring the Victims From the Tree of Life Shooting

Three years after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, victims will be remembered with a commemorative ceremony, service events and Torah study.


October 27 marks three years since the deadliest act of antisemitism in the U.S., and for Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, three years remembering the 11 lives it lost:

Joyce Fienberg, Rich Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Dan Stein, Irving Younger and Mel Wax.

 Created in the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill in 2018, the 10.27 Healing Partnership has organized a commemorative ceremony, service events and Torah studies to honor those who lost their lives.

Commemorative Ceremony
4:30 p.m., Oct. 27; Prospect Drive in Schenley Park

A commemorative ceremony will take place at the grove of trees planted at the intersection of Hobart Street and Prospect Drive in memory of the 11 victims. The ceremony will include prayer, ritual and music. People are encouraged to come early and stay for as long as they’d like. Those who attend are asked to wear masks and social distance. For more information, go here

Service Events
The 10.27 Healing Partnership has joined with several organizations to host community service events in the days leading to Oct. 27, including:

Love Like the Boys Service Event
3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 23; Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill 

Love Like the Boys, a campaign to honor victims Cecil and David Rosenthal, will create fall decor that will be shared with neighbors via the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. 

Go here to register

Commemoration Through Action: How to Advocate for Gun Safety Reform
7  to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 20 and 1 to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 24; Zoom

Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence and CeaseFirePA will host a virtual workshop on how to become an effective advocate for gun reform laws. The workshop will take place in memory of Jerry Rabinowitz and cover topics including the nature of gun violence, Pennsylvania’s current firearm policy and the legislative process in Harrisburg. Those interested in attending the workshop on Oct. 20 can register here; to attend the workshop on Oct. 24, register here.

Blood Drive
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 24; Jewish Community Centers in Squirrel Hill and South Hills

Blood drives at the Jewish Community Centers in Squirrel Hill and South Hills will honor Dan Stein, a committed blood donor who also encouraged others to donate.

Go here to register.

Book Labeling Event
10 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 24; NCJW Pittsburgh

The National Council of Jewish Women is labeling books to be stocked in rooms for children in local courthouses. The project was organized in memory of Joyce Fienberg, who volunteered with the NCJW for over 20 years. Go here to register.

JCBA Cemetery Cleanup
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 24; Beth Abraham Cemetery

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh have partnered with Mark Simon to organize a cemetery clean-up in memory of his parents, Bernice and Sylvan Simon. Go here to register.

Levinson Patio Beautification
1  to 3 p.m., Oct. 24; Levinson Patio, Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill

AgeWell will honor Rose Mallinger, an active participant in their programs, with an event that beautifies the Levinson Patio at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill into a welcoming space for older adults. Go here to register. 

Setting stones of Hope
3:30 to 5 p.m., Oct. 27; Location TBD

Joining with Kesher Pittsburgh, the 10.27 Healing Partnership will paint messages of hope and love on stones and place them throughout city neighborhoods.

Go here to register.

Commemorative Torah Study
Fifty-minute Torah sessions will also commemorate the Tree of Life victims at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 24, and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. on Oct. 27. Each session will be led by a different scholar, have its own topic and take place on Zoom. Go here to register.

Eradicate Hate Global summit
In its first year, the Eradicate Hate Global Summit will promote ways to combat hatred by bringing experts from government, academia, journalism, law, the nonprofit sector and corporations together for a three-day event at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Go here for more information. 

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