Gov. Wolf Remembers Victims During Ceremony for One-Year Mark of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
October 27, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf commemorated the one-year mark since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh at a ceremony sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
“It’s difficult to believe a year has passed since the shooting. I’ve carried sorrow for the victims, their families and the community as, like many Pennsylvanians, I sought to understand why this heinous attack occurred and how we can prevent anything like it from ever happening again,” said Gov. Wolf. “While today’s commemoration does not erase the pain felt in this community, I hope seeing and hearing the support of everyone who gathered together provides some solace.”
Gov. Wolf read a section from Rabbi Sidney Greenberg’s “Lessons for Living.” The commemoration, held at Soldiers & Sailors in Pittsburgh, featured other readings, prayer, music performed by the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts alumni string quartet, and a video tribute to the victims.
The City of Pittsburgh declared October 27 “Remember Repair Together Day” in perpetuity to honor the 11 people who were killed and the seven injured during the attack. Gov. Wolf extended the declaration statewide and asked all Pennsylvanians to join him in honoring the community with a day of building bridges of friendship, understanding and welcome.
The governor honored the victims throughout the year. In September, he carried a mezuzah that was hanging inside the synagogue with him as he visited Paneriai, Lithuania, and Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, two locations of atrocities against people of the Jewish faith during the Holocaust. He wrote the names of the 11 people who died during the Tree of Life shooting in the guestbooks at both memorials.