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Day of Service Marks One Year Since Pittsburgh Massacre

The tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue will also remembered with evening service you can watch live on line.


It was one year ago today that 11 worshipers died and six people, including four police officers, were wounded in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. Today, the Pittsburgh community will mark the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue with services, projects, and a 5pm community remembrance service that will be streamed live on line.

B'nai Israel Cemetery (Todd Walker).

The day of service will include nearly 50 "official" volunteer opportunities ( click here to see the entire list ) that range from serving lunch at a soup kitchen, doing a cleanup at one of four Jewish cemeteries in the region, to blood drives, delivering cookies, and creating gift bags at Achieva , an organization that serves people with disabilities, including brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal who died at Tree of LIfe.

(Above: a painting created by Jarrod Edson for the Rosenthal family that represents the brothers as two intertwined butterflies. Jarrod is an artist with autism who lives less than a mile from Tree of Life. Click here to view our previous story his art, and click here for our story on another painting that honors all of the Tree of Life victims)

At 5pm, thousands are expected to participate in a service of remembrance at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in the city's Oakland neighborhood. Those who can't attend in person can watch the service through Pause With Pittsburgh, a virtual memorial event created by the Jewish Federations of North America. Click here and sign up to receive a text message at 5:00 pm that will contain a video with a mourning prayer and the names of the 11 people who lost their lives. You'll also receive a link to watch a livestream of the service. Afterwards they'll provide you with an opportunity to submit a message of solidarity by text.

"We will not let hate and brutality destroy the meaning of community. In the face of violence, we will come together with others from around the world and says: No, you will not defeat us," said Mark Wilf of The Jewish Federations of North America.

"We are stronger because we are united." --Mark Wilf

If you're somewhere you can pause at 5pm EST to join people around the world in a moment of remembrance, consider doing it. You will demonstrate that, together, we're all #StrongerThanHate.

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