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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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Nate Itskowitz bar mitzvah bencher

Cover of bencher (grace after meals booklet) from the bar mitzvah of Nate Itskowitz. Features illustration of a black and yellow sports jersey with the name Itskowitz, a Steelers logo modified to read "Nate" and the date "10-27-18," and Hebrew text listing the event and date.

Historical Notes

The bar mitzvah of Nate Itskowitz took place at Shaare Torah Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on the morning of October 27, 2018. The October 27 attack occurred as the morning service was underway. When news of the event reached Shaare Torah, the synagogue went into lock down as the service and the bar mitzvah celebration continued.

Use and Reproduction

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.

Donor Information
Adam Reinherz