The Akron Jewish Community Marks One Year Since the Pittsburgh Attack

Almost one year ago, on a quiet Saturday morning, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community suffered the most brutal anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history when a gunman opened fire in the Tree of Life building, taking the lives of 11 innocent people across three Pittsburgh congregations: Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha, which all were joined in prayer. One year later, we will take a moment to honor the memory of those we lost and other people who were affected. In solidarity, we ask that you join us in taking a moment to Pause with Pittsburgh. Visit:

On October 27 at 5 p.m., one year to the day since the attack, the Pittsburgh community will join in a public memorial service for a moment of remembrance. Though we cannot all be there in person, friends are invited to stop—wherever they are—and join together virtually. Those who wish to participate can sign up to receive a text message at 5 p.m. that will contain a video reading of a mourning prayer and the names of the 11 lives lost. Following the prayer, you can tune in to a livestream of Pittsburgh’s public memorial service and submit messages of support and solidarity by text. 

Akron Community invited to Shabbat Dinner on Oct. 25

Last year, millions of people of all faiths rallied around the #ShowUpForShabbat initiative, packing synagogues in what became the largest ever expression of solidarity with the American Jewish community.

The Akron community is invited to come together to honor the victims at a Community Shabbat Dinner on Friday, October 25 hosted by Temple Israel, and to raise its collective voice for a world free of antisemitism, hate, and bigotry.

Special guest Josh Goldberg, singer, songwriter, producer, and cantorial soloist from Los Angeles, with native Akron musician Brock Pollock and native Cleveland musician Brett Fromson, will lead Shabbat services at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner.

The event is open to the public; however, dinner tickets are required to participate in the meal. By Oct. 18, $18 (adults), $12 (ages 5-13) & FREE for children ages 5 & younger. After Oct. 18, $25 (adults), $15 (ages 5-13) & FREE for children ages 5 & younger. Call 330-867-7850 or purchase online at

The event will be held at Temple Israel located at 91 Springside Drive in Akron. The Community Shabbat Dinner is sponsored by the Shaw JCC of Akron with Anshe Sfard, Beth El Congregation, Temple Israel Akron and Temple Beth Shalom and is underwritten by the Jewish Community Board of Akron. This event generously supported by the Lila Marks Music Performance & Education Fund.