Today’s blog post is written by Jonathan Kay, Marketing Intern, PatronManager.
As we reach the end of our first month in 2019, I find myself reflecting on an event that happened in October of last year, not far from my apartment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I have had the pleasure of living in Pittsburgh as an undergraduate student for the past four years. It is a unique city characterized by its many diverse neighborhoods, sports teams, and hard-working mentality. On Saturday, October 27th, I woke up to a disturbing text message from the University of Pittsburgh’s Emergency Notification Service. It read: “Active shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Stay away from surrounding neighborhoods until we report it is safe.” Along with the rest of the country, I soon found out just how horrible this situation was. Eleven innocent Shabbat service-goers were murdered in their place of worship by what has been classified as the worst hate-crime against Jews in American history.
The response from the city of Pittsburgh was (and continues to be) amazing. Countless organizations have now raised and donated over one million dollars to the Tree of Life victims and their families. Messages like “Pittsburgh Stronger Than Hate” are still ever-present on t-shirts, busses, and other displays throughout the city. The weeks and months following the shooting really reaffirmed that Pittsburgh is a place of inclusivity, no matter your religious affiliation or skin pigmentation.
So what sparked my reflection now, months removed from the event? This New York Times article published just after the start of the new year called “Pittsburgh Report: Five Places for Healing Through Art.” Quoting the article: Read the Article