Remember. Repair. Together.

Honoring the lives lost in the attack on three Pittsburgh synagogues—Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation and Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation—on October 27, 2018.

A commemorative day of service, study and community.

Community Commemorative Gathering

Many ways to commemorate October 27th

Official Community Events

Community Service

October 27, 2019
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration is closed

Torah Study

October 27, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Reserve space in one or both sessions
2:00 – 2:45 PM Session 1
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break & Refreshments
3:00 – 3:45 PM Session 2

Community Gathering

October 27, 2019
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Fund for Victims of Terror is Closed

A committee of community leaders has distribute every dollar to people affected by the anti-Semitic terror attack, in consultation with the three synagogues affected and the people affected. Read the full report on their work online.

Any additional money that came in and continues to come in to the Victims of Terror Fund after February 22, 2019 will be directed to psychological services, support for families, general services, reconstruction, additional security throughout the community and additional resources to help our youth process this tragic episode.

Committees within the Jewish Federation will determine how this money will be allocated in the three general categories of security, mental health and memorialization/education. The independent committee that decided the distribution of the bulk of the Victims of Terror Fund will not be involved in distributing additional money added after February 22, 2019.

Nevertheless, many new community needs have emerged since this attack.

You can still help!

Donate to the Jewish Federation’s Community Campaign to ensure that your dollars help the areas of most critical need today and in the future. Read more below.

About the Jewish Federation’s Community Campaign

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s expert planning staff will assess all community needs in Pittsburgh, Israel and around the world and work with volunteer leaders to allocate money to the places and people who need it most. The Community Campaign is THE best way to ensure you multiply the impact of your contribution.

The Community Campaign is the reason that the Jewish Federation was able to react so swiftly on October 27. 

Giving Options

to support community resilience needs

Community Security

Jewish Community Security

The Jewish Federation’s Security Committee works with Jewish organizations to assess their needs and to pay for critical security improvements and training.

If you want to give specifically to support community security, please contact our Donor Center by emailing David Guzikowski at dguzikowski@jfedpgh.orgor calling 412-992-5255.

Mental Health

Mental Health

The Jewish Federation’s planning staff will assess needs for counseling, training, mental health and even needs that have not emerged yet. A team of experts and volunteers assesses these needs every year in a formal planning cycle.

If you want to give specifically to support mental health, please contact our Donor Center by emailing David Guzikowski at or calling 412-992-5255.

Victims of Terror

Memorialization / Education

The Jewish Federation is helping the community to make plans to remember the victims of the Oct. 27 terror attack and the people whose lives changed as a result.

If you want to give specifically to support memorialization and education, please contact our Donor Center by emailing David Guzikowski at or calling 412-992-5255.

If you choose to support the three synagogues directly affected by the attack, please contact them at the information below:

  • Dor Hadash Congregation: 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412-422-5158
  • New Light Congregation: 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or 412-421-1017
  • Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation: 5898 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or 412-521-6788
  • Future plans for the Tree of Life building: 5898 Wilkins Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or 412-521-6788
Jessica Brown Smith

Jessica Brown Smith

Senior Director of Development
(412) 992-5248

Have a Question?

Ask Dave for general donation questions.
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David Guzikowski

Manger of Campaign Operations