On Friday, June 17th, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visited the Tree of Life site in Pittsburgh.
The Vice President and Second Gentleman met with Rabbi Myers and held a private conversation in garden to learn about the plans to transform a site of tragedy into one of hope, remembrance, and education and the vision for a new institution dedicated to ending antisemitism--together.
Rabbi Myers shared a prayer for those killed at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, 7 years ago that day, and the 11 lives taken while they were worshiping at the Tree of Life building on 10/27, including members of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, New Light Congregation, and Congregation Dor Hadash. In accordance with Jewish tradition, Vice President and Second Gentleman each laid a stone on the garden bench in memory of those lives lost.
Both the Vice President and Second Gentleman were deeply moved by the community's resilience and vision for a future without antisemitism. To learn more about the future of Tree of Life please visit RememberRebuildRenew.org.