Today, we are saddened and disappointed to learn that Attorney General Barr will pursue a trial and seek the death penalty for the perpetrator of the attack on October 27, 2018.

Earlier this month, Congregation Dor Hadash sent a letter to Attorney General Barr requesting that both parties agree to a plea bargain for life without parole.  A deal would have honored the memory of Dor Hadash congregant Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, who was firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty.  It would have prevented the attacker from getting the attention and publicity that will inevitably come with a trial, and eliminated any possibility of further trauma that could result from a trial and protracted appeals.

We continue to mourn with our fellow congregants and community members who have lost loved ones and survived unspeakable terror.  We continue to reject hatred and all systems of oppression, and follow the tenets of our faith, which teaches us that only through our shared humanity can there be an end to hatred and violence.


Response to Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

(From the three Pittsburgh Jewish Congregations who lost loved ones in the Squirrel Hill Massacre)

Joint Statement from Pittsburgh Congregations

Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 4, 2019 – All of us feel the pain and loss of loved ones in the senseless murders of innocent people across the nation. We are heartbroken, again, by this weekend’s tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. It was approximately nine months ago that our community was targeted and affected forever by a hate crime.

Last October, these and other cities across America shared their love and support with the people of Pittsburgh as we lost members of our congregations and care for others who were injured and survived.

We know first-hand the fear, anguish and healing process such an atrocity causes, and our hearts are with the afflicted families and those communities. We mourn with the families and friends of the victims and all of the survivors in El Paso and Dayton. This epidemic of senseless acts of violence, prejudice and terror crimes must end.


Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation

New Light Congregation

Congregation Dor Hadash

Pittsburgh, PA


Saul Markowitz, (412)977-8517,

Bob Butter, (412)736-6186,

Jodi Hirsh, (412)326-9832,


 Respuesta a los Tiroteos Masivos en El Paso y Dayton

(De parte de tres Congregaciones Judías quienes perdieron a seres queridos en el Masacre de Squirrel Hill)

Declaración Conjunta de las Congregaciones de Pittsburgh

Tree of Life, New Light y Dor Hadash

PITTSBURGH, 4 de ago. de 19, Todos nosotros sentimos el dolor y pérdida de seres queridos en los asesinatos insensatos de las personas inocentes. Tenemos el corazón roto, de nuevo, por las tragedias de este fin de semana en El Paso y Dayton. Fue hace aproximadamente nueve meses que nuestra comunidad fue atacada y afectada para siempre por un crimen de odio.

El pasado octubre, estas y otras ciudades de América compartieron su amor y apoyo con la gente de Pittsburgh al perder miembros de nuestras congregaciones y cuidabamos a otros que fueron lesionados y sobrevivieron.

Sabemos de primera mano el temor, la angustia y el proceso de sanación que causa dicha atrocidad, y nuestros corazones están con las familias afectadas y esas comunidades. Lamentamos con las familias y amigos de las victimas y los sobrevivientes en El Paso y Dayton. Esta epidemia de actos de violencia insesatos, prejuicios y terror deben de terminar.


Congregación Tree of Life Or L´Simcha

Congregación New Light

Congregación Dor Hadash

Pittsburgh, PA


Saul Markowitz, (412)977-8517,

Bob Butter, (412)736-6186,

Jodi Hirsh, (412)326-9832,






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