WJC joins the Pittsburgh community in commemorating one year since the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting

08 Nov 2019

One year after the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, the city of Pittsburgh came together for a day of remembrance and repairing. The Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the JCC, and the rabbis of the local congregations, initiated the “Pause with Pittsburgh” movement – a global moment of remembrance for the eleven lives lost in the senseless tragedy. 


In and around Pittsburgh, the anniversary date and surrounding days were filled with community-wide events and memorials – showing the world that the city is stronger and more unified than ever before. The series of events, under the tagline of “Remember. Repair. Together.” were attended by people of all backgrounds, religions, and ages. 

The World Jewish Congress joined the events on October 27th, with a staff delegation visiting the Tree of Life synagogue, donating blood, talking with community members, joining the commemorative Torah study, and attending the community memorial service.

While there, the delegation presented a commemorative book to Rabbi Myers of Tree of Life Synagogue and Rabbi Dyen of the Dor Hadash Congregation, which was housed in Tree of Life building, and the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh.