Massacre in Pittsburgh: Stand in solidarity with the Jewish community

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On Saturday morning, 27 October 2018, a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 people.

“The horrific act of terror that took place on Saturday at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh has left all Jewish communities, both in the US and abroad, in a state of absolute shock. We have long warned about the sharp rise in antisemitism, on both the far-right and the far-left and have prayed that the many incidences that we have witnessed of late, of vandalism and desecration of property, would never end in loss of life,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said in the aftermath of the shooting.

“This Shabbat, our worst nightmares came true. Innocent people were killed and wounded for the simple crime of being Jewish. This was an attack specifically targeting the Jewish community, in a deliberate and callous manifestation of antisemitism and hatred, and it should serve as a wake-up call to all Americans that such horror can and has happened here. We must be vigilant in making sure that this never happens again.”

Amb. Lauder and a WJC delegation are on the ground in Pittsburgh this week to stand in solidarity with the community.

We invite you all to send your condolences or light a virtual candle in memory of the victims in the comments sections below.

The vicitims have been identified as: Joyce Feinberg, 75, Rich Gotfried, 65, Rose Malinger, 97, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Cecil Rosenthal, 59, David Rosenthal, 54 (brothers) ,Bernice Simon, 84, Sylvan Simon, 86 (a married couple), Daniel Stein, 71, Melvin Wax, 88 and Irving Youngner, 69.

Messages of suport and sympathy have been received from around the world.

UN Secretary Antonio Guterres said "The shooting in Pittsburgh is a painful reminder of continuing anti-Semitism. Jews across the world continue to be attacked for no other reason than their identity. Anti-Semitism is a menace to democratic values and peace, and should have no place in the 21st century". 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue”

European Comission President Jean-Claude Junker "Horrified by Pittsburgh shooting. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. The European Commission stands in solidarity with the community of the synagogue of Pittsburgh and all Jewish communities around the world".

Jewish Community of South Africa Maccabi World Union WJC Israel
Board of Deputies of British Jews

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

European Jewish Congress
Jewish Community of Colombia Jewish Community of New Zealand

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain

Jewish Community of Peru

Jewish Community of Guatemala

Jewish Community of Mexico

Jewish Community of the Dominican Republic

Grand Mosque of Paris

Hebrew Union College

The Jewish Theological Seminary

Park Avenue Synagogue

Jewish Community of Latvia

Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities

POLIN Museum

Government of Singapore

Holocaust Educational Trust

Beit Hatfutsot

Jewish Community of Serbia

Claims Conference

Committee of 100

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Jewish Community of Thessaloniki



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Amalia limonoff

Fri, 23 Nov 2018

Mi corazón está con ellos. Los humanos están para atrás, es bueno no perder la memoria, mas es terrible repetir los herrores y horrores. Siento vergüenza respetos a ellos y sus familias , AMALIA (ARGENTINA)

alberto saez fuset

Sun, 11 Nov 2018

mis mas sinceras condolencias

Melinda Reyes

Sat, 10 Nov 2018

Am so saddened and sorry for the loss of innocent lives simply because of the hate in this world. May God somehow give strength and peace to all affected. Especially may all souls lost be at peace. Praying for the hate and mental illness to be be stopped! May we as humans learn to respect and love each other. May the loving memories help to overcome the grief of loss. Wish was more someone can do or say but I stand with my Jewish brothers and sisters. Know there are more who LOVE than there are who HATE.

tarso lanes

Sat, 10 Nov 2018

shalon: Que as lágrimas que soluçam de dor se transformem em uma lagoa de flores para as futuras gerações

Frances Banks

Fri, 09 Nov 2018

Dear neighbours, I am a Canadian and my heart is breaking with sorrow that this horror happened in Pittsburg. I honestly don't understand, we are all one people, we all share our earth and our world. So many times we read never again, but it's happening and we must all stand strong together to STOP Anti-Semitism, stop hate, stop bigotry only then will survivors be able to feel safe, to start to heal.
Prayers and heart felt condolences being sent to everyone, not just the families and friends of the Tree of Life Synagogue but to all.


Tue, 06 Nov 2018

Dear friends,

I am devastated at the heinous Ant-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, shocked and broken hearted that a celebration of new life turned into carnage. HaShem yikom damam.

We reach out to the Jewish Community in Squirrel Hill and Pittsburg and convey my sincere condolences, and those of our WIZO members worldwide, The families of the dead are in our hearts and prayers. We wish the injured a speedy and complete recovery.

We are one people and our hearts beat to the same rhythm, When the Jewish Community anywhere in the world hurts and is in pain – so do we in Israel, and vice versa. Our strength is in our unity and will help us through the coming days. Now is the time to mourn and strengthen the Jewish community in Pittsburg and all over the United States.

May God console them among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and grant them good health and longevity.

With deepest sympathy,

Esther Mor
President World WIZO

Jayne Hogfeldt

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

My deepest condolences, such heartbreaking losses. May these lovely people live on, bringing light and love into all of us. I am so very sorry.

Denise St-Pierre

Mon, 05 Nov 2018

I am not Jewish but I offer my condolences to the families of the victims as a fellow human being. I can only imagine what they are going through.

This killing was cruel and senseless. I can only hope that it will increase awareness of the fact that nothing good can come from violence.

May your pain diminish with time.

Shalom to all your community,
Denise St-Pierre

Aileen Pettit

Mon, 05 Nov 2018

my sincere condolances -much love and hope for recovery for everyone as I join you in your sorrow

Marianne Nikas

Sun, 04 Nov 2018

I am heartbroken over this event. May their memories be a blessing and may their memories be eternal.


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