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The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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Beth Israel Congregation (Washington, Pa.) memorial service program

Program for a memorial service at Beth Israel Congregation in Washington, Pa. Shows an illustration of the synagogue and lists speakers for the evening.

Historical Notes

Beth Israel Congregation in Washington, Pa. held a memorial service for the victims of the October 27 attack on the first Friday night after it occurred. The service included remarks from Rabbi David C. Novitsky, Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ketherine B. Emery, Pastor gary Gibson of North Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Eric Lidji of the Rauh Jewish Archives, and Beth Israel Congregation Vice President Marc Simon, who parents Bernice and Sylvan Simon were murdered in the attack.

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Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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