On Saturday, October 27, 2018 a hateful, murderous attack took place at the Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and 11 innocent Jewish lives were taken. This is the worst attack on members of the American Jewish community in the history of the United States.
On Sunday, October 28, 2018 over 400 Beth Shalom members and members of the surrounding communities, joined together in solidarity with the clergy of Congregation Beth Shalom as well as spiritual leaders from other Jewish and non-Jewish houses of worship. Our own Cantor Stoehr is a native of Pittsburgh, and personally knew three of the deceased.
Please click here for a printable copy of the service.
Click here for Cantor Stoehr's original poem The "Tree" of Squirrel Hill - Inspiration & Music: Billy Joel (Piano Man).
Listen here to Cantor Stoehr's radio interview from 10/29/18 on the Ben Jorvasky Show where he was interviewed by Joan Esposito (Cantor Stoehr's clip is approximately from 53:25 - 1:15:05)
Rabbi Melman and Cantor Stoehr interviewed and quoted in the following newspaper article:
Chicago Tribune/Deerfield Review - October 30, 2018 - North suburban Jewish leaders deal with shock and sadness: ' This is not the America we expect to live in'
Images from the Tree of Life Vigil held at CBS on 10/28/18