Following a weekend where eleven people were killed and 6 more were injured when a gunman opened fire on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Synagogues across the United States are mourning, reacting, and discussing new security measures.
“We are all shocked and horrified by the senseless murder of worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Shabbat,” Rabbi Marc Mandel from Touro Synagogue told What’sUpNewp on Sunday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the innocent victims and we extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded and their loved ones”.
Tour Synagogue is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America, and the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era.
The October 27th attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue is reportedly the worst on worshiping Jewish people in American history. So where does a Synagogue go from here to ensure their place of worship remains open to all and safe for the approximately 175 families that make up the congregation of the Touro Synagogue, but also for the thousands of visitors per years?
“We are discussing appropriate security measures with professional law enforcement personnel,” Rabbi Mandel said.
There will be a Memorial Service For Peace And Unity at Temple Shalom in Middletown on Thursday, November 1st.
If you’re looking to read more about the incident straight from the ground in Pittsburg, The Incline, a fellow Local Independent Online News Publisher (LION), has some of the most in-depth coverage. Explore their Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue stories