A Statement on the Recent Tragedy at Tree of Life

We at the Coalition send our deep condolences to the families of those who were murdered at Tree of Life Synagogue this Saturday, and our sincere wishes for healing and recovery to the worshippers and law enforcement officers who were injured in this anti-semitic hate crime.

This senseless tragedy has left our beloved Squirrel Hill community and the Pittsburgh Jewish community in shock and in grief. We condemn this and all acts of hatred against anyone based on religion, nation of origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other rationale for demonizing people.

Squirrel Hill is a strong, diverse, welcoming, and close-knit community. We continue to celebrate the vibrancy, resilience, strength, and well-being of this neighborhood. We will come together as a community and city and be stronger and more harmonious than ever.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, New Light and Dor Hadash Congregations. We thank the brave local law enforcement and other first responders who worked quickly to aid the victims and protect the surrounding neighborhood. We are grateful to the many messages from residents to public officials to other communities around the world who have offered solace to us during this heartbreaking atrocity.

We encourage anyone looking for information on a family member or with other information relevant to the investigation to call the region's FBI office at 412-432-4400. A Victims Assistance Center has been set up at the Jewish Community Center located at 5738 Forbes Avenue. A similar support center for families is set up on the Chatham University campus, at 106 Berry Hall.

Squirrel Hill is and will remain a safe, strong and united community—we are all of us. Our community has weathered many challenges in the past. This, too, we shall overcome.

To allow our community to grieve and mourn those taken too soon from us, we have postponed the 2018 Treasure Dinner. We believe the community's need to gather and affirm that which makes our neighborhood unique and special must continue. We are proud of the 2018 awardees and hope you will join us and celebrate Squirrel Hill at the new date of Tuesday, November 20th.

Richard Feder, President

Marian Lien, Executive Director


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