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Posted on: October 28, 2018

A Message from the Commission

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A follow-up message from the Mt. Lebanon Commission…

In the days that followed last Saturday’s tragedy at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, the people of Pittsburgh have drawn together to help. From the moment the names were released we began discovering our connections to the victims of this act of hatred. Even those of us who were not physically harmed have broken hearts, and want to help in some way.

We have witnessed the best in humanity. Whether it was raising funds to assist the victims, attending vigils and funerals to comfort mourners and each other, or standing in line for hours to donate blood, our city rushed to show that we will not be broken.

In our darkest hours, we have watched the residents of Mt. Lebanon stand together against violence and hate. Our businesses and our houses of worship jumped in to fill needs, no matter how small.

Thank you to all who live and work here for being a bright light and for continuing to make Mt. Lebanon a place where everyone matters. Our community is one of diversity and character, where our differences are small compared to the size of our hearts.

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The Mt. Lebanon Commission expresses its most sincere and heartfelt condolences to anyone touched by the senseless shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, where 11 Jews were murdered because of their religion. We send a cascade of positive thoughts to the people injured and our gratitude to the Mt. Lebanon first responders, who faced a challenging day assisting in Squirrel Hill, ensuring safety at the Mt. Lebanon Halloween Parade and covering emergencies in Mt. Lebanon. May our wishes for peace and love rise to comfort all who are wrapped in sadness.

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