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Healing from a communal trauma requires support and trust from those directly affected, as well as from those in the greater community who can provide resources and ongoing assistance.

Many find it hard to be strong when feeling weak or mentally/spiritually wounded from experiencing a trauma. The 10.27 Healing Partnership will help individuals view themselves as a sum of all their parts, both the part that feels well as well as the part that can feel overwhelmed by emotion or life. Healing takes root and hope exists when the view of trauma shifts away from “sickness” to “impact,” and moves the conversation away from “What is wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you.”

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a sense of community well-being by providing opportunities for reflection, support, and connection for individuals and their loved ones impacted by the October 2018 attack and for others who experience hate-induced trauma.

Who We Serve

Those directly and indirectly impacted – We were established first and foremost to serve those affected by the 2018 synagogue mass shooting, including:

  • Victims, loved ones, and survivors
  • Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation and Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation
  • Emergency response personnel
  • Organizations providing support to the impacted community

The Greater Pittsburgh Community – The 10.27 Healing Partnership is a place to gather, reflect and connect in a safe, comforting and supportive atmosphere.  Resources and services available include:

  • A peaceful, welcoming environment for private and group conversations and meetings
  • Behavioral health resources
  • Wellness classes
  • Educational programming
  • Connections to mental health services

The 10.27 Healing Partnership does not provide therapy at its location, though we are ready to offer support to people who walk through the door and help assess the most appropriate resource for them.

Why a Healing Partnership

On October 27, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation building in Pittsburgh, PA, while three congregations were gathered for Shabbat morning services. Eleven people were killed and six were injured. 

It is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. 

The Pittsburgh community joined together to strongly condemn the attack as well as stand together with neighbors of many faiths to state that we are not defined by antisemitism.  At the same time, the greater Pittsburgh community joined with local organizations and those outside of the Pittsburgh area to assess the community’s short- and long-tern needs.

This led to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, part of the Office for Victims of Crime, conducting a formal needs assessment. This assessment created a framework for recovery efforts, which included a resiliency center.

Local leaders met with staff from other resiliency centers around the country to gather lessons learned and best practices. A group of federal and city government organizations and local community groups met weekly for more than 11 months to lead the creation of the 10.27 Healing Partnership:

  • Congregation Dor Hadash
  • New Light Congregation
  • Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation
  • The City of Pittsburgh
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Center for Victims
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Jewish Family & Community Services
  • The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Those most directly impacted by the event

We are grateful that not only did we have the support of community organizations but the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which assigned a staff person to facilitate the work of this group.

While the 10.27 Healing Partnership was established first and foremost to help those directly and indirectly affected by the October 27, 2018 synagogue mass shooting, it will act as a safe haven and a central communication channel for all those seeking help and healing from trauma.

The 10.27 Healing Partnership does not discriminate against program participants and/ or beneficiaries on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity in its delivery of services.

This project was supported by PCCD Subgrant #2020 VV 01 33242, awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the US Department of Justice Programs. Opinions, findings and conclusions expressed within this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD or the Department of Justice Programs.


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