Senators Host Exhibit Honoring Victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack and Combating Antisemitism

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and John Fetterman (D-PA) hosted an exhibit titled “REMEMBER REBUILD RENEW: LIGHTING THE PATH FORWARD” in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda. The exhibit commemorated the 11 lives lost during the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. It also showcased the community’s resilience and outlined the next steps in the congregation’s journey.

“REMEMBER REBUILD RENEW: LIGHTING THE PATH FORWARD” featured artifacts from the synagogue, displayed for the first time, alongside educational posters about the history and impact of antisemitism in America. The exhibit aimed to educate and inspire communities to combat hate.

“With reports of antisemitism at an all-time high in this country, this exhibit serves as an important reminder that the dark, cold evil of antisemitism is no match for the bright light of education that inspires compassionate communities,” said Senator Casey. “We must always honor the memories of the 11 worshipers who lost their lives six years ago: Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. Antisemitism is not a Jewish problem; it is an American problem, and I will keep fighting until we root it out.”

Senator Fetterman emphasized the need for unity against hate. “In the aftermath of the horrific and hateful act of violence in 2018, it’s incumbent on all of us to stand together, vocally and across party lines, to declare that antisemitism has no place in our country or beyond. Today’s political climate sadly demonstrates that need. I want to commend The Tree of Life congregation and community at large for their tireless work on the path to recovery. It is an honor to help them share their story here in the Senate.”

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The Tree of Life congregation has pledged to lead the national fight against antisemitism, focusing on remembrance and education. Both Senators Casey and Fetterman have been active supporters of this mission. The congregation is working with various partners to preserve its historic Pittsburgh synagogue and build a memorial to honor the 11 victims. Additionally, they are constructing an education hub to teach about the history and manifestations of antisemitism in the United States and developing national programs to combat hatred in all forms.

Lighting the Path Forward: Uniting Against Antisemitism Through Education and Remembrance

The exhibit underscores the ongoing struggle against antisemitism and the importance of education in fostering understanding and compassion. Antisemitism continues to be a pervasive issue in the United States, affecting not only the Jewish community but society as a whole. By highlighting the tragic events of 2018 and the community’s efforts to rebuild and educate, the exhibit aims to galvanize broader societal efforts to combat hate.

The implications of such initiatives are far-reaching. Educating the public about the roots and consequences of antisemitism can help prevent future acts of hate. It fosters a more inclusive society where diversity is celebrated and protected. Furthermore, the exhibit promotes collaboration across different communities, reinforcing the idea that combating hate is a collective responsibility.

In summary, the “REMEMBER REBUILD RENEW: LIGHTING THE PATH FORWARD” exhibit, hosted by Senators Casey and Fetterman, serves as a powerful reminder of the devastating impact of antisemitism and the importance of education in the fight against hate. By honoring the victims and supporting the Tree of Life’s mission, the exhibit encourages a united front against all forms of discrimination and violence.

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