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Tree of Life Victims Honored in Jerusalem Memorial Service

Annual day of remembrance includes victims of Pittsburgh, Poway anti-Semitic attacks.

Victims of the Tree of Life shooting in Squirrel Hill, as well as the victim killed in the synagogue shooting in Poway, CA last month, were honored at a special memorial service in Jerusalem today.

The Jewish Agency for Israel held the service for Yom HaZikaron, Israel's annual day of remembrance for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. Marnie Fienberg, the daughter-in-law of Tree of Life victim Joyce Fienberg, and Jeff Finkelstein, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, were honored guests.

Marie Fienberg, daughter-in-law of victim Joyce Fienberg, lights a memorial torch in Jerusalem. Courtesy Jewish Agency for Israel.

Fienberg helped light a memorial torch and spoke at the ceremony.

"At our lowest point, we weren't alone. There was support, love, and strength from all over the world, not just from our friends, from Jews everywhere - we felt that love, and love is what gets us through every single day," said Fienberg. "We are stronger together, in Pittsburgh, in the United States, and here in Israel."

The names of the victims in Pittsburgh and Poway were added to a memorial wall. Courtesy Jewish Agency for Israel.

According to The Jewish Agency, more than 200 Jews have been murdered in anti-Semitic incidents and terrorist attacks since 1948. The Tree of Life shooting was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history. As part of the ceremony, the names of the victims in Pittsburgh and Poway were added to a memorial wall.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks in the United States more than doubled from 2017 to 2018 .

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