On October 27, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation building in Pittsburgh, PA, while three congregations were gathered for Shabbat morning services. Eleven people were killed and six were injured.
It is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.
The Pittsburgh community joined together to strongly condemn the attack as well as stand together with neighbors of many faiths to state that we are not defined by antisemitism. At the same time, the greater Pittsburgh community joined with local organizations and those outside of the Pittsburgh area to assess the community’s short- and long-tern needs.
This led to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, part of the Office for Victims of Crime, conducting a formal needs assessment. This assessment created a framework for recovery efforts, which included a resiliency center.
Local leaders met with staff from other resiliency centers around the country to gather lessons learned and best practices. A group of federal and city government organizations and local community groups met weekly for more than 11 months to lead the creation of the 10.27 Healing Partnership.
While the 10.27 Healing Partnership was established first and foremost to help those directly and indirectly affected by the October 27, 2018 synagogue mass shooting, it also acts as a safe haven and a central communication channel for all those seeking help and healing from trauma.
Please join Maggie Feinstein, director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, as she talks about how her organization was formed and the work it is doing today to help make the community more resilient.