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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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Butler Interfaith Gathering and Vigil program

Four-page program with readings and song lyrics. Cover features photograph of a grid of memorial candles and lists names of 14 officiants.

Historical Notes

B'nai Abraham Congregation was chartered around 1906 in Butler, Pa. and became the center for Jewish life in Butler county. On the Thursday following the October 27 attack, the congregation hosted an interfaith gathering and vigil, including more than a dozen Christian clergy from the area. The vigil included readings and songs, as well as a speech from B'nai Abraham Spiritual Leader Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer. During the vigil, attendees signed a giant banner decorated with the "Stronger Than Hate" logo and the words "Butler Stands With Pittsburgh!" The Butler County Commissioners issued a proclamation condemning the October 27 attack and calling for unity.

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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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