JEWISH FEDERATION of Greater MetroWest NJ invites community members to “Pause with Pittsburgh” at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 for a public memorial service and moment of remembrance. To participate in the virtual event, visit tiny.cc/p840ez.
Oct. 27, 2019, marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of 11 congregants who were members of three Pittsburgh congregations, Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha. The mass shooting was the most violent anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
“Rather than become desensitized to the terror of a never-ending cycle of senseless deaths, we must focus on doing what we do best: building and sustaining community that brings people together,” said Mark Wilf, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America.
Communities worldwide will pause on Oct. 27 to honor the memory of the 11 murdered Jews. Those who sign up will receive a text message at 5 p.m. EST that will contain a video reading of a mourning prayer and the 11 names. Following the prayer, participants can tune in to a livestream of Pittsburgh’s public memorial service and submit messages of support and solidarity by text.
“Nothing can erase what happened one year ago — but we can choose to stand even stronger and strive even further to demonstrate our resilience and strength as a people,” said Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America. “Through the darkness of this tragedy we have seen a wave of solidarity, and we are gratified that it has sparked a movement of renewed unity.”