The First Anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue Shootings
The Jewish community of Pittsburgh is still active in Squirrel Hill, and people there are more likely to be involved in Jewish programs and cultural events. While the neighborhood remains the geographic center for the Jewish community in the Greater Pittsburgh area, Jews in Squirrel Hill are more likely to know one another. Neill Log House member Fred Rabner attended a Jewish vigil for those who lost their lives in the shootings.
Interfaith vigils held in Squirrel Hill
There are many people who feel grief for the victims of the shooting. Today marks the first anniversary since the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue, where eleven people were killed and six others were injured. The suspect, Robert Bowers, has been charged with murder. Residents of the area are still grieving, but efforts are underway to rebuild the community. In the meantime, fundraisers for the victims are being held online.
There will be interfaith vigils in Pittsburgh and New Jersey to honor the victims of the shooting. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is organizing an interfaith vigil to honor the victims of the shooting. Other religious and public leaders will also attend. Rabbi Eric Rosin is also expected to speak. The Pittsburgh vigil will be a chance to show solidarity with the victims and their families.
Tree of Life synagogue
The Pittsburgh tactical paramedics who entered the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday did so armed with their firearms. After they spotted the injured man and the gunman, they pulled him from the building and examined his injuries. They immediately brought him to an ambulance. Tragically, 11 people lost their lives. The police are investigating the shooting and are searching for the gunman.
The victims’ families and emergency personnel lit candles and read a poem. Two survivors read a psalm, a prayer that was loved by the murdered Rabbi, Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz. Stones are brought to the front table to remember the victims. Rabbi Jonathan Perlman and other Pittsburgh leaders called for stricter gun control laws. There were many vigils for victims and survivors, but none have surpassed the senselessness of the shooting.
Neill Log House
Squirrel Hill was originally focused on the riverfront of the Monongahela River. The first house recorded in the neighborhood was built in 1760 by Colonel James Burd, stationed at Fort Pitt. The next house, built by Ambrose Newton, is still standing in Schenley Park today. The area’s first “business district” was at the intersection of Beechwood Boulevard and Browns Hill Road.
Squirrel Hill’s housing stock is one of its greatest assets. The neighborhood has a mix of traditional and new modern urban housing options, all of which are situated on pleasant tree-lined streets. Squirrel Hill has also experienced a housing boom in the early twenty-first century, with the construction of the Summerset housing development on a reclaimed slag dump.
Jewish life in Squirrel Hill
Squirrel Hill is one of Pittsburgh’s most vibrant Jewish neighborhoods. The Jewish population grew and spread throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs in the 1920s. By 1930, there were congregations in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Homewood, Hazelwood, and the budding South Side. In addition, Squirrel Hill had 15 to 16 congregations. However, these neighborhoods gradually dissipated as the city’s Jewish population became more concentrated.
In his latest book, “Squirrel Hill,” Yale lecturer David Oppenheimer documents the events following the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left 11 dead and over a dozen wounded. Oppenheimer does an impressive job of chronicling the events that led to the tragedy and highlights the community’s innate resilience. The Holocaust-era tragedy was one of the few affecting the entire Jewish community, but Squirrel Hill’s resilience to the tragedy was unmistakable.
Allegheny College involvement
The university was involved in the research that led to the tragedy in Squirrel Hill. On March 2 at Carnegie Hall, the school’s Animal Research Committee met and voted to suspend and end the student’s research. The college’s provost agreed and suspended the student’s research protocol. He also declined to name the student. But he has said the college is “shocked” by the response from the community.
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Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.