Jewish Federation Invites You to “Pause with Pittsburgh” — Almost one year ago, on a quiet Saturday morning, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community suffered the most brutal anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history when a gunman opened fire in the Tree of Life building, taking the lives of 11 innocent people across three Pittsburgh congregations: Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha, which all were joined in prayer. One year later, communities worldwide will take a moment to honor the memory of those we lost and other people who were affected. In solidarity, we ask that you join us to Pause with Pittsburgh. To take part in thIs virtual event, CLICK HERE.
“Rather than become desensitized to the terror of a never-ending cycle of senseless deaths, we must focus on doing what we do best: building and sustaining community that brings people together,” said Mark Wilf, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America.
On October 27 at 5:00 pm EST, one year to the day since the attack, the Pittsburgh community will join in a public memorial service for a moment of remembrance and resolve. Though we cannot all be there in person, friends are invited to stop —wherever they are — and join together virtually. Those who wish to participate can sign up to receive a text message at 5 pm EST that will contain a video reading of a mourning prayer and the names of the 11 lives lost. Following the prayer, you can tune in to a livestream of Pittsburgh’s public memorial service and submit messages of support and solidarity by text.
“Nothing can erase what happened one year ago — but we can choose to stand even stronger and strive even further to demonstrate our resilience and strength as a People,” said Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America. “Through the darkness of this tragedy we have seen a wave of solidarity, and we are gratified that it has sparked a movement of renewed unity.”
"Jews from every facet of our local community, along with our interfaith and civic partners, have renewed our shared commitment to fight hate in all its forms, including anti-Semitism," said Susan Antman, Executive Director of Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, which serves Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties. "Together we pause, we pray and we remember; together we persist, we restore, we resolve; and together we build, we advance, and we grow."
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Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey strengthens the entire Jewish community – making it sweeter, safer, more supportive and sustainable. Central to its work are aiding those in need, fighting hate, enhancing security, inspiring young people to foster a strong Jewish future, connecting people of all ages to Israel and the local communal experiences and resources that bring joy and meaning to Jewish life, and cultivating a stronger sense of collective responsibility for justice and repairing the world.