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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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Tikkun Chant Circle program

Features seven "chants," mostly taken from Hebrew scripture.

Historical Notes

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. The congregation regularly hosts a Sunday morning Tikkun Chant Circle. The program features snippets of Hebrew scripture set to simple, repetitive melodies by composer and chant leader David P. Goldstein, set to drums and East Indian shruti box. A regular meeting of the group planned for October 28, 2018 was rescheduled following the October 27 attack and a new selection of chants was chosen in response to the attack. While previous iterations of the event had typically attracted around 10 regular participants, 44 people attended the first meeting following the attack.

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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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