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October 27, 2019: Commemorative Community Gathering at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall

An honor guard opened the Community Gathering. The event was to remember the lives lost and people affected by the Oct. 27, 2018, attack; to repair damage to individuals and the world; and to come together in hope. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
A procession of seventy student athletes from men’s and women’s teams at the University of Pittsburgh, bringing flowers, helped to open the Community Gathering. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Family members of Joyce Fienberg, killed on Oct. 27, 2018, lighted a candle in her memory. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation recited El Maleh Rahamim, the prayer for the souls of the deceased, as Rabbi Jonathan Perlman of New Light Congregation looked on. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Rabbi Doris Dyen, member of Congregation Dor Hadash, looked on as Rabbi Jonathan Perlman of New Light Congregation recited the prayer for healing. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Andrea Wedner, injured in the Oct. 27, 2018, attack, was among those who stood during the prayer for those who have survived danger. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
The Community Gathering provided opportunities for attendees to pray, grieve, and remember together. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf contributed a spiritual reading to the Community Gathering. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald attended the Community Gathering and presented spiritual readings. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Reverend Liddy Barlow, executive minister of Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Wasi Mohamed, former executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, conveyed the support of the interfaith community. Both were among the faith leaders to speak at the Oct. 27 gathering in 2018. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers’ “Stronger Than Hate” kippa summarized one of the themes of the Community Gathering. Photo: Joshua Franzos.
(Left) President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Jeffrey Finkelstein spoke with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers at the Community Gathering. In the background was Brian Schreiber, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. Photo: Joshua Franzos.

October 27, 2019: Commemorative Community Service Projects

Oct. 27, 2019, volunteers at Family House University Place turned grief for the lives lost in the 2018 attack on the Jewish community into messages of hope for people with family members who are hospitalized far from home. Photo: Elan Mizrahi.
About 150 volunteers at Jewish Family and Community Services focused on completing projects to benefit families new to Pittsburgh, especially refugee families. Among the activities was making blankets for the newcomers. Photo: David Bachman.
Oct. 27, 2019, volunteers honored the lives lost and those affected by the Oct. 27, 2018, attack by sorting clothing for The Center for Women’s Back 2 School Store, a project of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section. Photo: Elan Mizrahi.
At Achieva, on Pittsburgh’s South Side, volunteers helped to repair the world by preparing gift bags for people in need, Photo: Elan Mizrahi.
Preparing packages of food for clients of the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry provided volunteers with a constructive way to respond to the 2018 attack on the three Jewish congregations in Pittsburgh. Photo: David Bachman.
At Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, volunteers made get-well cards for hospital patients and thank-you cards for groups that provided support to those affected by the attack of Oct. 27, 2018. Photo: David Bachman.
As part of Oct. 27 Remember-Repair-Together activities, a fleet of bicyclists delivered cookies and thanks to first responders across the City of Pittsburgh. The cookies symbolized the gratitude of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community for the help received following the 2018 attack on the three congregations at the Tree of Life synagogue building. Photo: Sanford Riemer.

October 27, 2019: Commemorative Torah Learning

(Left to right) To honor the lives lost on Oct. 27, 2018, Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin, Daniel Leger and Rabbi Doris Dyen led a discussion of Torah: Studies in Parashat Vayera. Photo: Sanford Riemer.

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