Pittsburgh Steelers announce moment of silence to remember synagogue attack victims

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will hold a moment of silence at the start of their Monday Night Football game to remember the victims of the attack one year ago on the Tree of Life synagogue building.

“On this anniversary of the tragic day in our city when innocent people were gunned down in the Tree of Life Synagogue, we pause to offer our thoughts and prayers for the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who survived that terrible day,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement released Sunday announcing the moment of silence, the day before his team was to play the Miami Dolphins. “Since that day our community has resolved to stay stronger than hate and anti-Semitism.”

The Steelers held a moment of silence the day after the Oct. 27, 2018, attack, and edited the team logo to include a Star of David next to the words “Stronger Than Hate.” The team later donated $70,000 raised by the “Stronger Than Hate” campaign to attack victims.

“Hatred and discrimination have no place in Pittsburgh or anywhere else. Today and every day, we are #StrongerThanHate,” the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team tweeted Sunday. The tweet included a video about the city and its rejection of hate.

“Today, we honor the victims of the Tree of Life tragedy. Their memory will always be a reminder that hatred has no place in our world,” the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team tweeted, using the #StrongerThanHate hashtag.