In the wake of tragedy, a memorial grows outside Tree of Life

Thousands have visited a memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue over the past two weeks, laying flowers, rocks and candles near 11 white wooden Stars of David — one for each of the worshipers murdered at the synagogue on Oct. 27.

The memorial outside the Squirrel Hill synagogue at the intersection of Shady and Wilkins avenues, and another a few blocks away, have served as places for the community to mourn and remember the victims.

The spontaneous memorials will be moved indoors beginning on Nov. 14. The materials will be cataloged and preserved in the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Leaves fall on flowers, letters, rocks, candles and other memorabilia left at the memorial. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Oct. 29: Students from Yeshiva Schools walk past the memorial after visiting for afternoon prayer. They prayed for the complete recovery of the police officers wounded in the shooting. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Nov. 12: Flowers lay among leaves at the memorial. (Andrew Stein/Post-Gazette)

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Monday, Oct. 29: Jamie Beth Schindler, left, holds her daughter Nora Schindler, 9, both of Lancaster, during a visit to the memorial. (Jessie Wardarski/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Nov. 12: A rain-soaked binder lays open to a Post-Gazette obituary for Daniel Stein atop a pile of flowers at the memorial. (Andrew Stein/Post-Gazette)
Saturday, Oct. 27: Rabbi Eli Wilansky lights a candle. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Nov. 12: Wooden stars with painted words and handwritten messages hang on street signs at a memorial. The sign reads: “Dear Pittsburgh – You are not alone. We are with you. Forever. Love is stronger than hate! Jeff, Sandy, Evan + Josh Parness N.Y.C. Cong. Rodeph Shalom.” (Andrew Stein/Post-Gazette)

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Sunday, Oct. 28: Samina Mohamedali, left, and her husband Kutub Ganiwalla, members of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, bring flowers to the memorial. “This could have been our mosque. This could have been any congregation,” said Ganiwalla. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Nov. 12: A sign and flowers rest among leaves at the memorial. (Andrew Stein/Post-Gazette)
Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, left, hugs her sister Rachel Gross at the memorial. The sisters grew up attending the Tree of Life synagogue. (Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)
Thursday, Nov. 8: Students and faculty from Magen David Yeshiva, a Jewish day school in New York, visit the memorial. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Shelley Davenport-Davis of Morningside hugs her daughter Cat, 7, left, and son Rannoch, 4, at the memorial. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)

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Tuesday, Nov. 13: A leaf from the Raoul Wallenberg memorial tree on the road to Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, is left at the memorial. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Tomer Hillel from Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Md., pays his respects at the memorial. Hillel, the Israeli delegate to the local Jewish federation, came by bus with about 35 others to show solidarity and attend the funerals of those killed in the mass shooting. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Nov. 12: A framed portrait of Richard Gottfried, one of 11 victims, sits inside a plastic bag among flowers. , 2018, in Squirrel Hill. (Andrew Stein/Post-Gazette)
Saturday, Nov. 3: Pittsburgh police Chief Scott Schubert knocks rain water that had collected overnight off a tent shielding hundreds of bouquets, stones, handwritten notes, candles and other memorabilia at the memorial. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)

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Tuesday, Nov. 13: Flowers, letters, rocks, candles and other memorabilia left at the memorial. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Monday, Oct. 29: Sophia Panagis of Squirrel Hill relights the candles in front of Cecil and David Rosenthal’s memorials. (Jessie Wardarski/Post-Gazette)