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World to mark year since Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Thousands around globe expected to participate in various projects and online remembrance to commemorate one-year anniversary of deadly shooting that took the lives of 11 worshipers at Tree of Life synagogue

The first anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history is being marked around the world Sunday with community service projects, music and an online remembrance.

 

 

The shooting occurred on Oct. 27, 2018, and killed eleven worshippers and wounded seven at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

 

Tree of Life synagogue 30 days after the shooting (Photo: AP)
Tree of Life synagogue 30 days after the shooting (Photo: AP)

 

The gunman, Robert Gregory Bowers, opened fire with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons during worship services inside Tree of Life Synagogue, killing eight men and three women before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him.

 

U.S. security forces at the scene of the Tree of Life massacre (Photo: Gettyimages)
U.S. security forces at the scene of the Tree of Life massacre (Photo: Gettyimages)

 

The Tree of Life building has remained closed since the massacre. The three congregations now worship at two nearby synagogues. Last week, Tree of Life leaders unveiled their vision for the damaged building: a rebuilt space for places of worship; memorial, education and social events; and classrooms and exhibitions.

 

Mourners outside the Tree of Life synagogue after the attack (Photo: EPA)
Mourners outside the Tree of Life synagogue after the attack (Photo: EPA)

The commemoration's theme is "Remember. Repair. Together." It includes a private Jewish service, studying the portion of the Torah that was to be read when the shooting happened, opportunities to do community service, and a public memorial service.

 


The front page of the local Pittsburgh newspaper carries the Jewish mourners' prayer on the day after the attack
The front page of the local Pittsburgh newspaper carries the Jewish mourners' prayer on the day after the attack

Several hundred people have registered to volunteer at various community organizations on Sunday. In Germany, the Clarion Quartet, comprised of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, will perform at a special event in Berlin.

 

A man looks at the memorials for the 11 victims of the Tree of Life massacre (Photo: AP)
A man looks at the memorials for the 11 victims of the Tree of Life massacre (Photo: AP)

 

Thousands are expected to participate in Sunday's remembrance through Pause with Pittsburgh, a virtual memorial event created by the Jewish Federations of North America.

 

Authorities charged Bowers, a truck driver from Baldwin, Pennsylvania, in the massacre.

 

Investigators say he posted criticism of Jewish immigrant aid society HIAS on social media before the attack, claiming the charity "likes to bring invaders that kill our people."

 

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

 


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