Chronicle poll results: 3-year commemoration of the Oct. 27 attack
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Chronicle poll results: 3-year commemoration of the Oct. 27 attack

We asked our readers if they planned to mark the three-year commemoration of the attack at the Tree of Life building. Here's what they said.

Flowers and note left outside the Tree of Life building on October 27, 2020. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)
Flowers and note left outside the Tree of Life building on October 27, 2020. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Are you planning to mark the three-year commemoration of the shooting at the Tree of Life building?” Of the 203 people who responded, more than two-thirds said they would be marking the day, either by participating in a community-sponsored event or privately with family and/or friends. About 18% of respondents said they would not be marking the day, and another 13% said they were not yet sure. Thirty-one people submitted comments. A few follow.

As someone who lived in Squirrel Hill for 20 wonderful years the event really shook me. The people who died were neighbors that I saw on the street, and one I met through a coworker of mine. One of the survivors was a theater buddy who I am happy to say survived because she was one of my favorite people from my time at Pitt and I can’t imagine my world without her. I don’t think I’ll ever totally leave this horrible event behind. I’ve always had the tendency to get stuck and not move on. That, of course, gets me nowhere, but it is who I am.

I live four houses from Tree of Life and must unfortunately commemorate/be reminded of the nearby tragedy on a daily basis.

I will mark it on the Yahrtzeit of these folks, on the Jewish calendar.

It is a yahrzeit we must observe every year. If we don’t, we cannot expect others to remember.

It is a day that never should be forgotten.

I live in Canada. My shul mourned with you to an overflowing capacity. We are currently still “virtual.” If an event is planned, I will definitely participate…virtually.

How about also commemorating the day when justice is served. Three years is too long.

I cannot attend as I live in New Zealand, but my heart will be with you all.

Will light candles for those who lost their lives. I live in Maryland.

Those of us who were involved stand strong together, with a pointed message to the world and sweet memories of those we lost.

Although I am not a Pittsburgh resident, as a rural Jew the solidarity of the Jewish community is not location dependent. The Jewish Chronicle is my connection to a community. I and my family are with everyone each day who have had to endure one more tragedy. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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