Volunteers clean up Carrick Cemetery to honor those who died in Tree of Life Synagogue shooting – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Thursday, Oct. 27 marks four years since the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, where 11 people were killed. Volunteers gathered in Carrick on Sunday to clean up a cemetery and honor those who died.

Members of the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh and members of Repair the World Pittsburgh helped organize the cleanup. People of all ages worked at Beth Abraham Cemetery. The event was to be a “day of service” for all victims.

“This meaningful project is in memory of my parents Bernice and Sylvan Simon who were murdered without reason along with 9 other loving people while innocently praying in the Tree of Life building,” said Marc Simon, who lost both parents during the day. of filming.

An event organizer said Simon and his family are dedicated to keeping the memory of the victims alive.

“The Simons are so committed to the memory of all victims and it is a privilege to be a part of their efforts,” said Barry Rudel, executive director of the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh.

Rudel said this is the second year the family has come forward to offer a day of service to Marc Simon’s parents and the rest of the victims.

“Although nothing can bring them back to us, we must never forget what happened on that tragic morning and continue to honor their lives in thought and service and foster constant reminders of the worst anti-Semitic attack in history. history of the United States,” Rudel said. .

Several other events will take place on Thursday to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the shooting. A ceremony will take place on Prospect Drive at Scnehnley Park among other in-person and online events.

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