Community gathers at UHC in response to Tree of Life attack: ‘We, too, will never yield to evil’

Student Rabbi Jonathan Falco stood at the sanctuary bimah and read the names of the 11 Pittsburgh dead, then invited the congregation to rise for El Ma’alei Racham’im, the prayer for the souls of the departed.

“The victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue were robbed of their opportunity to fulfill the commandment to keep and remember and celebrate the Sabbath. Tonight, we move forward with doing just that — continuing our Shabbat service and celebrating in their memory,” Jonathan said.

Some 100 people attended Shabbat services Friday, Nov. 2, at United Hebrew Congregation’s historic Temple Israel, six days after the fatal attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Read More

Daughters recall Estelle Corrigan’s love of folk dancing, music, education and service

Estelle Blond had just returned to New York City from Israel when she and John Corrigan met at an Israeli folk dancing class in 1953.

“She was fond of pointing out that he had come there with another woman, and she must have come there with another man, because that’s how we did things back then. Women didn’t come to dances on their own at the time,” Estelle’s daughter Eve recalled.

John proposed within a couple of weeks, and Estelle accepted six months later. They were married for 60 years, before John died at 86 in 2015. On April 5, Estelle’s family lay her to rest beside John at Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute. Estelle died April 2 at age 90.

Read More