Judah Samet was a mensch well before he survived the Tree of Life shooting


October 14, 2022

Judah Samet

(JTA) - It is rare that one can say attending a funeral was an uplifting experience. Yet the funeral Thursday for Judah Samet, who died Sept. 27, 2022, was exactly that, because remembering Judah can bring only positive feelings. He was a teacher of Torah at his Tree of Life synagogue, possessor of a unique and vigorous voice and sense of humor, veteran of the paratroop division of the Israeli army, lover of Golden Grahams, generous tipper and possessor of what he termed a "Bergen-Belsen stomach."

Samet, a longtime pillar of Pittsburgh's Jewish community who spoke frequently about his expe...

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