One-year commemoration of synagogue shooting marked

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FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 file photo, Rabbi Chuck Diamond, center, arrives on the street corner outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh to lead a Shabbat morning service, a week after 11 people were killed and six wound when their worship was interrupted by a gunman’s bullets. Community service projects, an overseas concert and a virtual remembrance are among multiple ways the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history will be commemorated. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 worshippers and injured seven. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The first anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history was being marked around the world Sunday with community service projects, music, and an online remembrance.

People pause in front of mementos placed along a fence surrounding the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. The first anniversary of the shooting at the synagogue that killed 11 worshippers and injured others is on Sunday, Oct., 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The shooting on Oct. 27, 2018, killed 11 worshippers and wounded seven at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where a steady stream of people stopped by Sunday. Lining the fence outside the closed Tree of Life building were 11 flowerpots, each one bearing the name of one of those killed. People also piled bouquets and crocheted hearts at the site and hung signs on the fence saying the city was “stronger than hate” and calling diversity its strength.

The stars with the names of victims, and other tributes that were placed around the Tree of Life Synagogue after the shooting that killed 11 worshippers and wounded seven others last year, are displayed in the closed entrance Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Sunday, Oct. 27, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. A virtual remembrance, an overseas concert and community service projects highlight the many plans for commemorating the loss. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

“Today we remember those we lost and come together as a commonwealth to stand united as neighbors,” said a Twitter message from Governor Tom Wolf, who is scheduled to attend a memorial service in Pittsburgh on Sunday evening.

Judah Samet walks around the Tree of Life Synagogue, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Samet, a holocaust survivor, was in the parking lot of the synagogue last year, when a gunman entered the building and opened fire, killing 11 and wounding seven. Sunday, Oct. 27, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. A virtual remembrance, an overseas concert and community service projects highlight the many plans for commemorating the loss. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh’s sports teams joined other organizations in honoring the victims. Steelers president Art Rooney II said Sunday that fans will be asked at Monday night’s game to stand for a moment of silence for the victims and their families. The Pittsburgh Penguins said “Hatred and discrimination have no place in Pittsburgh or anywhere else,” and the Pittsburgh Pirates echoed that sentiment, saying the memory of the victims “will always be a reminder that hatred has no place in our world.”

Visitors walk through the screens displaying artwork from school students surrounding the Tree of Life Synagogue Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Sunday, Oct. 27, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. A virtual remembrance, an overseas concert and community service projects highlight the many plans for commemorating the loss. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The synagogue’s three congregations now worship at two nearby synagogues. Last week, Tree of Life leaders unveiled their vision for the damaged building: a rebuilt space for places of worship; memorial, education and social events; and classrooms and exhibitions.

The commemoration’s theme is “Remember. Repair. Together.” It includes a private Jewish service, studying the portion of the Torah that was to be read when the shooting happened, opportunities to do community service, and a public memorial service.

Flower pots, each with a name of one of the 11 worshippers killed on Oct. 27, 2018, when a gunman opened fire as worship services began at the Tree of Life Synagogue, line the fence surrounding the synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The first anniversary of the deadly shooting at the synagogue is Sunday, Oct., 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Several hundred people had registered to volunteer at various community organizations on Sunday. In Germany, the Clarion Quartet, comprised of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, was to perform at a special event in Berlin.

Thousands were expected to participate in Sunday’s remembrance through Pause With Pittsburgh, a virtual memorial event created by the Jewish Federations of North America.

A sign marking the day of the shooting that killed 11 worshippers and wounded seven others at this synagogue hangs on one of the remaining barricades around the Tree of Life Synagogue, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Sunday, Oct. 27, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. A virtual remembrance, an overseas concert and community service projects highlight the many plans for commemorating the loss. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Authorities charged Robert Bowers, 47, a truck driver from Baldwin, Pennsylvania, in the massacre. Investigators say he used an AR-15 rifle and other weapons, and posted criticism of an immigrant aid society on social media before the attack, claiming the Jewish charity “likes to bring invaders that kill our people.”

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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