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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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New Light Congregation charter (1909)

Photocopied legal document. Typed with embossed seal and some handwritten annotations, 12 pages.

Historical Notes

Jewish immigrants from Romania began arriving in the Pittsburgh area in the late 19th century and founded Ohel Jacob ("Tent of Jacob") Congregation in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. In 1909, the members applied for a new charter under the name Oir Hudish ("New Light") Congregation. The charter describes the basic purposes of the congregation and lists the founding officers.

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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.

Donor Information
New Light Congregation