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Pittsburgh Jewish Community Mourns, Buries Shooting Victims

As Pittsburgh's Jewish community mourns those lost in Saturday's shooting — along with the rest of the world — the victims are being buried. The Times of Israel's Amanda Borschel-Dan tells us about those who are being remembered — one as a dedicated doctor and friend, as well as two developmentally disabled brothers who lived for their congregation:

Pittsburgh’s Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday in the wake of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States.

The casket of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, a family doctor known for his caring and kindness, was brought to the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood for the first of 11 funerals. Two police vehicles were parked at a side door, and two more were posted at the main entrance.

Less than two miles away, hundreds of mourners dressed mostly in black converged on the city’s oldest and largest synagogue, Rodef Shalom, for the funeral of Cecil and David Rosenthal, intellectually disabled brothers in their 50s...

Wearing a tallit and yarmulke, Rabbi Doris Dayan from Rabinovitz’s Dor Chadash Reconstructionist community began the service by saying that “praise is the reality that helps us accept what is” and leading those assembled in the traditional prayer, “Baruch Dayan Ha’emet...”

Rabinowitz, 66, had a family medicine practice and was affiliated with UPMC Shadyside hospital. The UPMC hospital system described him as one of its “kindest physicians...”

At Rodef Shalom, mourners remembered “the boys,” brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal.

With a backdrop of colorful stained glass windows with biblical themes, Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers addressed the massive turnout, saying no matter how early he arrived to the synagogue, the brothers were already there.

“If you could open up a picture dictionary and look for the definition of ‘beautiful souls,’ the pictures of Cecil and David would be there,” said the rabbi.

What do you say to the grieving parents who lost their children, he wondered. “You gave us the gift of Cecil and David and we say thank you. The gift was given back too soon,” he said...

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