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‘Pause With Pittsburgh’ Campaign Seeks Moment Of Silence On Attack Anniversary

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history, the Jewish Federations of North America are calling for a nationwide moment of silence.

The “Pause with Pittsburgh” campaign is meant to commemorate the 11 people who were killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha synagogue building in the Steel City last year. The city will be holding a memorial event on October 27 at 5:00 p.m., but people who live outside of the area will be able to watch a livestream.

Those who sign up on the Pause with Pittsburgh website and share their contact information will receive a text at 5:00 that day with a text containing a link to the livestream as well as a memorial video. Participants will also have to consent to sharing their information with the JFNA and its nearly 150 member organizations across North America.

“Nothing can erase what happened one year ago – but we can choose to stand even stronger and strive even further to demonstrate our resilience and strength as a People,” JFNA president and CEO Eric Fingerhut said in a statement. “Through the darkness of this tragedy we have seen a wave of solidarity, and we are gratified that it has sparked a movement of renewed unity.”

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink




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