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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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Hakesher: The Connection [Issue No. 112]

Paper booklet with typed text, color photographs, 24-pages with saddle-stitched binding. Contains short articles by employees of the congregation on a range of topics.

Historical Notes

Rodef Shalom Congregation is the oldest Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania. It was chartered in 1856 and became affiliated with the Reform movement in 1864. Following the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018, Rodef Shalom hosted funerals for several victims and eventually came to house two of the three congregations displaced by the attack, Tree of Life Congregation and Congregation Dor Hadash. Rodef Shalom also responded to the attack through sermons and programming. Its quarterly Hakesher bulletin for late 2019 and early 2020 included reflections on the October 27 attack from President Karen Bream, Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Rabbi Sharyn Henry, Executive Director Barry Weisband, Mimsie Layton, and others affiliated with the congregation.

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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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