Remembering Tree of Life - Our solidarity will defeat white nationalism
Three years since the murderous antisemitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Reprinted from Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
It's three years since the murderous antisemitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We mourn the victims and we do everything in our power to defeat racism and fascism.
On October 27, 2018, a man driven by conspiracies and lies took up arms in order to kill Jewish people and stop new immigrants. He murdered eleven beloved community members at the Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha building in Pittsburgh and left our community forever changed.
Today, we remember the victims:
Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
May their memories be for a blessing. May we honor them and hold their families and their communities in our hearts. May the Tree Of Life - Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadash, and New Light congregations be surrounded by love and support. Koved zeyer ondenk.
On this day, we join our voices to declare that this country is for all of us, no exceptions. May we rise as one against white nationalism, antisemitism, and all forms of bigotry — and may we build a country where every person can live with freedom, safety, and belonging no matter how we pray, what we look like, or where we come from.
Posted: 27 October 2021