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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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Heal the World picket sign

Picket sign made from rigid foam insulation covered in red, white, blue, and green duct tape and affixed to the top of a wooden dowl. Design features a globe inside a red cross, symbolizing medical care, beneath the words "Heal the World" and "Tikkun Olam."

Historical Notes

Ethan Gladding and Alexandra Falk created this picket sign after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in November 2016. They carried the picket sign at the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 and carried it again at "Pittsburgh Loves All Our Neighbors," a response to President Trump's visit to Squirrel Hill following the October 27 attack. The phrase "Tikkun Olam" in Hebrew for "repair the world" or "heal the world," and has become a common refrain for Jewish groups advocating for social justice worldwide.

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Ethan Gladding and Alexandra Falk