Trifold pamphlet on off white paper with typed text. Cover features photograph of chandelier from the Rodef Shalom Congregation sanctuary, quote by Ahad Ha'am, and congregational logo. Interior lists details for Friday night and Saturday morning services, lists the names of the victims of the October 27 attack, and reprints original poetry by Rabbi Danny Schiff, Chana Brody, and Valerie Bachrach. Back cover lists officers of the congregation. Two-page insert lists upcoming events at the congregation.
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. As with many Jewish congregations in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the world, Rodef Shalom hosted large crowds on the first Shabbat following the attack. In its regular bulletin that week, the congregation reprinted three original poems written locally in response to the attack.
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