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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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"Stronger Together: A Day of Community Healing" flyer

Flyer with "Stronger Together" in blue and red handwritten font against photograph of the skyline of Pittsburgh with a tree imposed against the clouds. Includes information about event and the names of featured performers, as well as various logos. A small note reads: "In memory of our holy brothers and sisters who died sanctifying G-d's name at Tree of Life-Ohr L'Simcha."

Historical Notes

B'nai Emunoh Congregation was founded in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 1928 and became associated with Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the 2010s. B'nai Emunoh Chabad had been planning a family food festival for November 11, 2018. Following the October 27 attack, the festival was expanded into a "day of community healing" featuring Jewish musicians Avraham Fried, Lipa Schmeltzer and Shulem Lemmer. The concert and food festival was held in the ballroom at Congregation Beth Shalom.

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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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