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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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Bess and Rose Velgich photograph

Black and white photograph showing two young women standing before the iron gates of a synagogue. Label taped onto photograph reads, "Bess & Rose Velgich in front of Oir Chodosh 1945." Original photograph has pinked edges and dried tape.

Historical Notes

Ohel Jacob Congregation dedicated a synagogue on Roberts Street in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in September 1903. The building eventually became home to its successor New Light Congregation. Sisters Rose and Bess Velgich grew up in New Light Congregation in the 1930s and 1940s and followed it to Squirrel Hill in the 1950s. Although the Hill District synagogue building was sold in the 1950s and demolished sometime after, the bronze nameplates were salvaged and taken with the congregation to Squirrel Hill.

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
New Light Congregation