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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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Memorial Havadallah flyer

Flyer with photograph of people lighting candles above a yellow block with typed text. Text reads: "Memorial Havdallah, Join together with students & community to commemorate the Hebrew Yahrtzeit of Tree of Life victims" with date, time, location, and other details.

Historical Notes

JGrads Pittsburgh is a community of Jewish graduate students, recent graduates, and friends who gather to celebrate Shabbat and the Jewish holidays together. It was founded in 2003 by Rabbi Shua and Shoshana Hoexter and later became an affiliate of Chabad House on Campus. JGrads held a memorial Havdalah on November 16, 2019 to commemorate the first yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of the victims of the October 27 attack. The service was held in the tent at Schenley Plaza near the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. It included brief remarks and a traditional Havdalah service marking the end of the Sabbath, followed by hot cider and desserts.

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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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