Douglas Emhoff, the Jewish husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, came to Pittsburgh Tuesday and meet with survivors of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and families of the victims, according to the Office of the Vice President.
Oct. 27 marks the five-year commemoration of the antisemitic attack in the Tree of Life building during which 11 Jewish worshippers from three congregations were murdered. Several other people, including first responders, were seriously injured. It was the most violent antisemitic attack in U.S. history.
During Emhoff’s meeting, he emphasized the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to counter antisemitism and hate and highlighted the administration’s actions to bolster security at places of worship and to keep Jewish communities safe.
The survivors and families shared how they are continuing to rebuild their lives and heal and expressed gratitude for the Biden-Harris administration’s support for Israel since the Hamas terrorist attacks.
“Mr. Emhoff has met with family members and survivors on multiple occasions and has formed close relationships with many members of the community,” said Carole Zawatsky, CEO of Tree of Life, Inc. “We are grateful for his continued commitment to fighting antisemitism and supporting our community.”
While visiting the Tree of Life synagogue, Emhoff laid a stone in memory of the victims. PJC