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A large crowd stands to watch the 5 year commemoration of the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting in Schenley Park this Friday.

‘Remembering and reflecting’ : Tree of Life commemoration ceremony honors lives of synagogue massacre victims 5 years later

By Anna Kuntz, Staff Writer October 27, 2023
Hundreds gathered at Prospect Drive in Schenley Park at 3 p.m. on Friday in remembrance of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue massacre that occurred five years ago on Oct. 27, taking the lives of 11 and wounding six others. Hosted by the 10.27 Healing Partnership, the commemoration featured a candle lighting ceremony by victims’ families, music performances and speeches by various community leaders.
Five Years Later: A Squirrel Hill Jew looks back at Tree of Life shooting, and forward to collective liberation

Five Years Later: A Squirrel Hill Jew looks back at Tree of Life shooting, and forward to collective liberation

By Bella Markovitz, Senior Staff Writer October 27, 2023
In the fall of 2018, after graduating high school that spring, I began my first semester at Pitt. I can’t remember if I started considering dropping out before or after the Tree of Life attack happened. 
Community members mourn the lives lost in the Tree of Life shooting during a ceremony in Schenley Park on Thursday afternoon.

‘Their light remains here with us all’: Tree of Life victims remembered four years later

By Pamela Smith, Contributing Editor October 28, 2022
Family and friends of those killed in the Tree of Life massacre lit candles in memory of their loved ones in Schenley Park Thursday afternoon.
A Pitt student wears a mask.

‘Appalled’: Pitt professor compared mask-wearing to the Holocaust

By Betul Tuncer, Assistant News Editor February 6, 2022
A Jewish Pitt student expressed concerns regarding their instructor, Vasili Rukhadze, comparing mask-wearing to the Holocaust in class last week. Pitt officials said the faculty member’s comments “stand in direct opposition to our values.”
Hand-painted stones in the courtyard of East End Cooperative Ministries at the second annual “Service Setting Stones of Love and Hope” in Squirrel Hill on Sunday. ​​

Service event commemorates Tree of Life massacre, spreads positivity through art

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer October 24, 2021
Kesher Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the 10.27 Healing Partnership and Repair the World Pittsburgh, hosted “Service Setting Stones of Love and Hope,” a commemorative service event where community members painted stones to place around Pittsburgh.
At SGB Tuesday night, President Eric Macadangdang remembered Pitt’s “Stronger than Hate” vigil on the Cathedral lawn in response to the Tree of Life massacre.

SGB remembers Tree of Life massacre

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer October 28, 2020
Student Government Board held a moment of silence for the Tree of Life massacre at its Tuesday night meeting, acknowledging the victims who lost their lives at the nearby synagogue two years ago.
The Tree of Life massacre took the lives of 11 Jewish worshippers attending Saturday services at the synagogue two years ago on Oct. 27, 2018, marking the deadliest attack ever on the Jewish community in the United States.

Together in ‘community,’ ‘compassion’: Community remembers Tree of Life massacre

By Maura Scrabis, Staff Writer October 28, 2020
Remembrance and action were the main themes touched upon by family members, friends and fellow congregation members at the two-year Tree of Life commemoration ceremony Tuesday evening. T
Scott Glaser encouraged students to sign SGB’s letter to Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey regarding common sense gun legislation.

SGB pens open letter urging passage of gun reform legislation

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer October 29, 2019
Student Government Board’s meeting Tuesday night began with a moment of silence offered by President Zechariah Brown to honor the one-year commemoration of the Tree of Life massacre.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers shared a message of hope for the future and encouraged audience members to focus on the positive in their community.

One year later, community continues to heal after Tree of Life attack

By Sarah Berg and Madison Brewer October 27, 2019
More than 2,000 people traveled Sunday evening to a gathering at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall for a community event honoring the 11 victims of the Tree of Life massacre with speeches, prayers and music.
Gary Dubin, director of development at the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation at UPMC, helped deliver baked goods to first-responders around the City on the one-year commemoration of the Tree of Life massacre.

Pittsburghers honor Tree of Life massacre with day of service

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer October 27, 2019
When Gary Dubin biked into the Shadyside EMS station on Sunday morning, he wasn’t looking for help — he was delivering freshly baked cookies. 
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