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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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"Together at the Table" packet

Nine page packet of typed text. First page includes a photograph looking down at a table with plates of food. Second page includes a photograph of lit candles. Packet provides a guide for conducting a Shabbat service in the aftermath of recent antisemitic and racist attacks. Includes instructions, readings, group exercises, and citations.

Historical Notes

OneTable Pittsburgh is the local hub of a national program that "helps 'pre-family' young adults create their own authentic Shabbat dinner experiences, with the ultimate goal of forming a lifelong Friday night practice," according to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. OneTable provides financial assistance and an online scheduling platform to help encourage community gatherings. OneTable also provides spiritual and educational resources for various themed gatherings throughout the year. Following the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018, the Anti-Defamation League and Repair the World partnered with OneTable, Be'chol Lashon, and Keshet to create a packet of materials for "Together At The Table." The packet was intended to guide Shabbat table discussions about 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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