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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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Shabbos of Learning [2019] program

Two-sided sheet of printed text. Front contains an open letter to the Jewish community of Pittsburgh from the members of the Vaad Harabonim. Back contains a day-long schedule of classes and programs, as well as the names of the victims of the October 27 attack.

Historical Notes

To commemorate the first yahrzeit (anniversary of death on the Hebrew calendar) of the victims of the October 27 attack, the Vaad Harabonim of Greater Pittsburgh organized at day of Jewish learning at Orthodox congregations and organizations throughout the city. The event culminated in a siyum, where various members of the Jewish community completed a cycle of learning in memory of the victims.

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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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