Pennsylvania lawmakers solemnly remembered Wednesday the 11 worshippers killed in an anti-Semitic attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue last fall, expressing horror at what one speaker called “unimaginable evil,” and two rabbis recited prayers in English and Hebrew.
The rare joint session in the chambers of the state’s House of Representatives was attended by nearly two dozen family members of victims of the Oct. 27 attack on the three congregations holding services that day, and by Andrea Wedner, whose 97-year-old mother was killed and who was herself was among seven people wounded.
“The assault on these three congregations was an act of unimaginable evil,” said state Rep. Dan Frankel, whose district includes the Tree of Life building where the massacre occurred. “But it has been met with unfathomable bravery and love within our community and far beyond it. Literally, hundreds of people acted heroically, starting within seconds of the first gunshot.”