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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 synagogue (Squirrel Hill) photograph

Black and white photograph showing the original section of the Tree of Life synagogue located at the corner of Wilkins Avenue and Shady Avenue in Squirrel Hill.

Historical Notes

Tree of Life Congregation was founded in 1864, making it the second oldest Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania and the oldest affiliated with Conservative Judaism. After occupying synagogues in downtown Pittsburgh and the Oakland neighborhood of the city, the congregation relocated to the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The congregation broke ground on the initial section of its new Squirrel Hill synagogue in 1947 and dedicated the building in 1952. The congregation subsequently expanded the building through additions in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s.

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