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Standing together with the Jewish community
I am a retired state representative, state senator and Allegheny County commissioner. I am currently the executive director of Scenic Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization advocating for our region’s scenic beauty.

My wife and I joined the Jewish Community Center, where she swims and I work out. Part of our motivation for joining this center, as opposed to many others, is that it is well run. Another reason for joining is to stand in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers at a time when it clearly is needed. The current surge of antisemitic spewing of hate must not be allowed to go unanswered by the rest of us.

We hope not to experience hate while visiting the center, but if it happens we trust that we will rise to meet it with our sisters and brothers.

Pittsburgh has been blessed with a strong and vibrant Jewish community which, in turn, has blessed the rest of our community with mitzvahs of great good for all of us.

There were instances such as in Nazi Europe when Jews were forced to wear armbands. A few leaders wore the same armbands in solidarity. We would like to think that the overwhelming majority of Pittsburghers would do the same today.

Thank you for what the Jewish community has done for Pittsburgh! We stand in support of you!

Mike and Audrey Dawida
Pittsburgh

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