Sobering: Medical Examiner Reads The Names Of The 11 People Killed At Tree Of Life Synagogue

On Monday morning, the eleven people who were killed over the weekend at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania were identified as an Allegheny County medical examiner read each of the names aloud.

The sobering moment included the examiner reading the names of a husband, a wife, brothers, accountants, dentists, and doctors. The oldest was 97 years old and the youngest was a pair of brothers in their 50s. The victims were members of their community, dedicated to helping others before they were tragically killed by the hands of a lone gunman.

The victims included: Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 86; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; and, Irving Younger, 69.

Via ABC News:

  • Cecil and David Rosenthal went through life together with help from a disability-services organization. And an important part of the brothers’ lives was the Tree of Life Synagogue, where they never missed a Saturday service, people who knew them say.
  • Bernice and Sylvan Simon were always ready to help other people, longtime friend and neighbor Jo Stepaniak says, and “they always did it with a smile and always did it with graciousness.”
  • Wax, who was in his late 80s, was among those killed when a gunman entered the synagogue Saturday and opened fire a few minutes after Sabbath services began. Fellow members of the congregation, which rented space in the lower level of the Tree of Life Synagogue, said Wax was a kind man and a pillar of the congregation, filling just about every role except cantor.
  • Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz and his partner in his medical practice were seemingly destined to spend their professional lives together.
  • Joyce Fienberg, 75, who was among the victims in Saturday’s shooting, spent most of her career at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center, retiring in 2008 from her job as a researcher looking at learning in the classroom and in museums. She worked on several projects including studying the practices of highly effective teachers.
  • Daniel Stein was a visible member of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, where he was a leader in the New Light Congregation and his wife, Sharyn, is the membership vice president of the area’s Hadassah chapter.
  • The 97-year-old (Rose Mallinger) had almost unfailingly attended services for decades, he told The Washington Post, and was among the first to walk in.
  • Gottfried ran a dental office with his wife and practice partner Margaret “Peg” Durachko Gottfried. He and his wife met at the University of Pittsburgh as dental students, according to the Washington Post, and opened their practice together in 1984.

Also per the report, a neighbor of Irving Younger described him as wonderful and said he “talked about his daughter and his grandson, always, and he never had an unkind word to say about anybody.”

View the somber moment below:

As the Washington Examiner reports, a fundraising effort for the victims has collected more than $115,000, of an intended goal of $125,000.

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From the report:

CelebrateMercy and MPower Change created the crowdfunding page on LaunchGood, a Muslim-centric version of GoFundMe, shortly after a gunman opened fire Saturday morning, killing 11 people and injuring another six within the place of worship. The site has since been flooded with donations, resulting in the organizations having to adjust their target fundraising goal three times in about 24 hours.

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America,” the groups’ LaunchGood page states. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

President Trump condemned the shooting incident over social media and called for unity: