Pittsburgh Memorial Taken Inside


Story and photos by Adam Reinherz

Volunteers from Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation, New Light Congregation and Congregation Dor Hadash, the three synagogues targeted in the Oct. 27 anti-Semitic attack that claimed 11 lives in Pittsburgh, began deconstructing the makeshift memorials outside the building last week, 18 days after the tragedy. In the days following the attack, flowers, cards, stones and signs were placed in several spots near the property in memory of the congregants murdered inside. On Nov. 14, volunteers were joined by experts in memorialization and archival preservation, including Eric Lidji of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives, to separate stones, gather flowers and relocate items indoors for preservation and future reconstruction. Initially, the materials will be erected and placed in Tree of Life’s main sanctuary lobby, thus allowing public viewing without fear of vandalism or destruction due to inclement weather. Ultimately, the objects will be collected, cataloged and preserved and made available to researchers and members of the public.

Adam Reinherz is a staff writer with the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, an affiliated publication of the Jewish Exponent


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