After synagogue gunman's death sentence, Pittsburgh's Jews feel relief


August 11, 2023

Ron Kampeas

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers leads survivors and families of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in a prayer of thanks, at the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh, Aug. 2, 2023.

PITTSBURGH (JTA) - The overriding feeling in this city now that the gunman convicted of murdering 11 Jews here in 2018 has been sentenced to death is gratitude.

Not for the penalty itself, which was the preference of some but not all of the victims' families and which some local Jews openly opposed, and not even for the end of a trial whose long delay protracted communal trauma.

Instead, the gratitude is for people - those who made the trial happen, those who supported the victims' family members as they sat through weeks of painful testimony, and those who kept the singular Jewish community t...

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