Tree of Life marks one year since first COVID death in PA
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COVID-19Event to be held Thursday, March 18

Tree of Life marks one year since first COVID death in PA

Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers: "[A]mid the grief, we, as religious leaders, can offer words of assurance, healing and hope for the future.”

Tree of Life building on Oct. 27, 2020. Act 83, established after the shooting at the Tree of Life building, provides $5 million in security grants for five years for nonprofit organizations vulnerable to hate crimes. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)
Tree of Life building on Oct. 27, 2020. Act 83, established after the shooting at the Tree of Life building, provides $5 million in security grants for five years for nonprofit organizations vulnerable to hate crimes. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)

To mark one year since the first COVID-19 death in Pennsylvania, Tree of Life Congregation will host an interfaith service memorializing “all that has been lost since the coronavirus pandemic upended lives,” according to a press release.

The virtual service, “COVID-19 One Year Later: A Service of Remembrance, Healing, & Renewal,” will be held at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, March 18, and feature remarks from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Participating clergy and religious leaders, representing communities across Pittsburgh, include:

• Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, Tree of Life
• Bishop David Zubik, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
• Rector Jonathan Jensen, Calvary Episcopal Church
• The Rev. Dr. Vincent Campbell, Ebenezer Baptist Church
• The Rev. Karie Charlton, Third Presbyterian Church
• Som Sharma, the Hindu-Jain Temple of Monroeville
• Imam Chris Caras, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
• The Rev. Liddy Barlow, Christian Associates of SW Pennsylvania
• The Rev. C. Matthew Hawkins, St. Benedict the Moor Parish

“Grief is communal and a year into the pandemic, I felt it important to create an opportunity for all of us to mourn what has been lost this past year,” said Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of Tree of Life, in a prepared statement. “Communities of faith have also sustained many people over the past year and I think, amid the grief, we, as religious leaders, can offer words of assurance, healing and hope for the future.”

Members of the public are invited to join the service online at: treeoflifepgh.org/covidservice. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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