Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fwd: Today's Events and Plans for Sunday

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From: Brian Schreiber, JCC President & CEO

Dear JCC Members,

It has been a difficult day here at the JCC. We have been serving as a crisis center for families and their friends and working with law enforcement, government, FBI and others since the morning hours. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

From a safety perspective, law enforcement met with us this evening and assured us that this active shooter event was an isolated event from an individual with no known police record and there are no known threats to any other Jewish institution.  They encourage us to resume our normal routines as quickly as possible.

In Squirrel Hill, the process of notifying families and working with outside agencies is expected to continue until tomorrow. That being said, and to protect the privacy of the friends and families of victims, we will close Squirrel Hill (both buildings) for regular activities Sunday and resume our full schedule on Monday.  The South Hills branch remained open today and will be open tomorrow as normal.

Needless to say the next hours and days will be challenging. We will do the best we can to be a place for the community to find comfort and support from one another.

We will stay to our regular schedules as much as possible, and will ask for support and cooperation for any modifications. 

We encourage you to join our community in solidarity in a community-wide vigil/prayer service tomorrow (Sunday) at 5PM at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

We thank you for your ongoing support at this unprecedented time in our community's history.

Thank you,

Brian Schreiber,  President and CEO
James Ruttenberg, Board Chair

JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
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