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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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Tree of Life Congregation charter (1865)

Copy of the original charter of Tree of Life Congregation. Four-page typescript document with handwritten annotations. Describes purposes of the congregation and names charter members.

Historical Notes

Tree of Life Congregation was founded in 1864 by former Rodef Shalom Congregation members who opposed its recent religious reformations. In its original charter from early 1865, Tree of Life Congregation committed to prayer services using the Minhag Polen prayerbook, the use of a cantor, and a general commitment to Orthodox conventions. Over the next two decades, the congregation agreed to some liberalizing changes and eventually joined the emerging movement of Conservative Judaism.

Use and Reproduction

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.

Donor Information
Corinne Azen Krause