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For Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue

In my last three years of elementary school, I lived outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  My parents ended up joining a synagogue in the city; the steel mill smoke stacks, spewing out all kinds of pollution, haunted me.  When the news of the October 27, 2018 killings at the Tree of Life synagogue reached me, I wondered for a moment if that had been the synagogue my family had joined.  It turns out that it was not, but the incident hit close to home nonetheless.  This was the monument I built for that terrible day.

Six people were seriously injured and eleven people were killed, represented by the first eleven letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  The leaves at the bottom refer to the name of the synagogue, Tree of Life.

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