These are the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting – CNN
These are the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting By Dakin Andone and Sara Sidner, CNN Updated 8:14 PM EDT, Sun October 28, 2018
Pittsburgh (CNN) A primary care physician loved by his community. Two devoted and welcoming brothers. A “vibrant” 97-year-old with “a lot of years left.”
All were among the 11 people whose lives abruptly ended on Saturday when a gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
On Sunday, Karl Williams, Allegheny County’s chief medical examiner, released the victims’ identities in a news conference.
“To the victims’ families, to the victims’ friends, we’re here as a community of one for you,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “We will be here to help you through this horrific episode. We’ll get through this darkest day of Pittsburgh’s history by working together.”
Here are the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting: Jerry Rabinowitz Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough, Pennsylvania
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, came from Edgewood Borough, Pennsylvania, and was a primary care physician in the area for many years, some of his patients told CNN.
His nephew, Avishai Ostrin, shared a photo on Facebook of his uncle, who he said always wore a bowtie that “made people smile” and “made his patients more at ease.”
“You know how they say there are people who just lighten up a room? You know that cliche about people whose laugh is infectious? That was Uncle Jerry,” he wrote. “It wasn’t a cliche. It was just his personality.”
Ostrin said if there was a message his uncle would want everyone to take from the tragedy, “it would be a message of love, unity, and of the strength and resilience of the Jewish people.” Internet version of Pittsburgh Steelers logo sends message ‘Stronger than Hate’
Susan Blackman knew Rabinowitz for at least 35 years, she told CNN. He was her family doctor and cared for her three children. She went to see Rabinowitz every quarter.
“He was like a member of the family, and a member of the extended family,” she said. “Like somebody you know that’s always part of your community. … Dr. Jerry was just somebody who, when you see him, your eyes light up.”
“I can’t imagine the world without him,” she said. Brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal David Rosenthal, left, and Cecil Rosenthal
Cecil and David Rosenthal, 59 and 54, were from Squirrel Hill.
According to their obituaries posted by the Ralph Schugar Chapel, Cecil was a devoted Tree of Life congregant. David worked for Goodwill Industries , and was a hard worker who was recognized for his commitment a number of times.
ACHIEVA, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that provides support for people with disabilities, posted a statement about the Rosenthal brothers, calling them “two well-respected members of our community’ and “extraordinary men.”
“Cecil’s laugh was infectious. David was so kind and had such a gentle spirit. Together, they looked out for one another,” said Chris Schopf, a vice president for residential support at ACHIEVA. “They were inseparable. Most of all, they were kind, good people with a strong faith and respect for everyone around.”
The brothers always sat in the back of the temple and greeted people as they came in to worship, according to Suzan Hauptman, who told CNN she grew up at Tree of Life synagogue.
“They were like the ambassadors because they were always there,” she said. “And they will always be there in our hearts.”
Laura Berman, the cantor of Temple Sinai, said Cecil was a “beautiful man” and a “sweet, gentle soul.”
“The kindest soul you would ever meet,” she said. “A smiling face. He was one of those embodiments of the community. Just open, warm, smiling, wanting to help and just in his beautiful simplicity. That’s who he was.” Rose Mallinger Rose Mallinger, a 97-year-old from Squirrel Hill
Rose Mallinger, a 97-year-old from Squirrel Hill, was the “sweetest, lovely lady,” said Robin Friedman, who told CNN that Mallinger was a secretary in her school’s office growing up.
Mallinger regularly attended the synagogue with her daughter, Friedman said, and likely knew everyone there. She always offered a friendly greeting, a hug and a smile.
Despite her age, Mallinger was “spry” and “vibrant,” Friedman said.
“She had a lot of years left.”
Elisa Schwartz, a family member, remembered Mallinger — her grandmother’s cousin — in a tribute on her Facebook page, calling the 97-year-old “one of the matriarchs of the family.”
Schwartz encouraged people to donate blood to help survivors. Bernice and Sylvan Simon
The Simons, a married couple from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, were “kind, generous and good-hearted individuals,” according to their neighbor, Jo Stepaniak.
She lived next to 84-year-old Bernice and 86-year-old Sylvan for nearly 40 years, she said, and they were the “sweetest people you could imagine.
“They wanted to give back to people and be kind,” Stepaniak said, adding that the Simons always tried to help out in their small neighborhood and in the Jewish community.
“They were loving and giving and kind,” she said, “gracious and dignified.” People hold candles outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. Daniel Stein Daniel Stein, 71
Daniel Stein, 71, was loved by everyone, his nephew said.
“He was a great guy,” Halle said. “He was a fun guy, he had a dry sense of humor and everybody loved him.”
Halle said he and his family were shocked by his uncle’s sudden death at the synagogue, where Stein went every Saturday.
The Squirrel Hill resident was retired, his nephew told CNN affiliate WPXI.
In a post on Facebook, Stein’s son wrote that Saturday was “the worst day of my life.”
“My mom, sister and I are absolutely devastated and crushed!” Joe Stein wrote on his Facebook page. “Our lives now are going to have to take a different path, one that we thought would not happen for a long time.”
Joe Stein said his father was a “simple man” who “did not require much.” Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland neighborhood, Pittsburgh Joyce Fienberg
Joyce Fienberg, 75, was a former research specialist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the center said on its Facebook page, calling her a “cherished friend” and “an engaging, elegant, and warm person.”
Fienberg’s husband Stephen, an acclaimed statistician, passed away two years ago after battling cancer, according to Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught for 36 years.
Jason Connor, one of Stephen’s former Ph.D. students, told CNN the Fienbergs treated Stephen’s students like family. Joyce Fienberg would welcome the students into their lives and would continue to send them cards long after they’d left Carnegie Mellon, Connor said.
She was also a grandmother, and has two sons, Connor told CNN.
“Everyone says this, but she really was an enormously caring person,” Connor said. “She was a very petite woman but lit up a room with her huge personality. We weren’t just welcome in the classroom, but into their home.”
Fienberg grew up at the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, the temple said on its Facebook page. She and Stephen were married at the temple, where her confirmation class photo still hangs on the wall. Richard Gottfried
Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township, Pennsylvania, opened a dental practice together with his wife, Peg Durachko, in 1984, according to the practice’s website.
In 1996, the couple joined the local Discovery Study Club, a local group that’s part of an international organization of dentists and specialists who offer educational lectures and workshops to encourage excellence in dentistry, the site said.
Gottfried, who was Jewish, and Durachko, who is Catholic, helped prepare other couples for marriage through the St. Athanasius church.
Patrick Mannarino, the North Hills School District superintendent, sent out a note to the district that said Gottfried had been the district’s dentist for a long time. He and his wife were “a fixture in the lives of those in our community,” Mannarino said.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” he added, “and our thoughts and condolences go out to all of those affected including Dr. Durachko and her loved ones.” The other victims were identified as:
• Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
• Irving Younger, 69, of Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood CNN’s Eric Levenson, Shelby Rose, AnneClaire Stapleton and Jason Kravarik contributed to this report.
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Pittsburgh shooting victims: Officials name 11 people killed in deadly synagogue shooting
Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 2:25 AM EDT
Authorities have released the names of the 11 people killed by a gunman during worship services in a Pittsburgh synagogue. The victims ranged in age from 54 to 97, and included brothers and a husband and wife.
Authorities said the suspected gunman, Robert Bowers , made statements about genocide and killing Jewish people. Bowers has been arrested and is being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital. Bowers, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle and three handguns, told an officer “that he wanted all Jews to die and also that they (Jews) were committing genocide to his people,” an affidavit said.
He was charged late Saturday with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.
Bowers was also charged Saturday in a 29-count federal criminal complaint that included the charge of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs — a federal hate crime. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the charges “could lead to the death penalty.”
Here’s what we know about the victims:
David Rosenthal, 54, and Cecil Rosenthal, 59 David, left, and Cecil Rosenthal
TribLive David and Cecil Rosenthal went through life together with help from a disability-services organization. And an important part of the brothers’ lives was the Tree of Life Congregation, where friends said they never missed Saturday services.
“If they were here, they would tell you that is where they were supposed to be,” Chris Schopf, a vice president of Achieva, said in a statement. Achieva provides help with daily living, employment and other needs. The organization had worked for years with the brothers.
They lived semi-independently, and Cecil was a person who was up for all sorts of activities: a concert, lunch at the restaurant chain Eat ‘n Park or a trip to the Duquesne University dining hall, said David DeFelice, a Duquesne senior who was paired with him in a buddies program.
The two left an impression on state Rep. David Frankel, who sometimes attends services at Tree of Life and whose chief of staff is the Rosenthals’ sister.
“They were very sweet, gentle, caring men,” Frankel said. “I know that this community will really mourn their loss because they were such special people.”
Richard Gottfried, 65 Gottfried was preparing for a new chapter in his life. He ran a dental office with his wife and practice partner Margaret “Peg” Durachko Gottfried. The dentist, who often did charity work seeing patients who could not otherwise afford dental care, was preparing to retire in the next few months.
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66 Jerry Rabinowitz
Dr. Rabinowitz and his partner in his medical practice were seemingly destined to spend their professional lives together. He and Dr. Kenneth Ciesielka had been friends for more than 30 years, since they lived on the same floor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ciesielka was a few years behind Rabinowitz, but whether by fate or design, the two always ended up together. They went to the same college, the same medical school and even had the same residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) a few years apart.
“He is one of the finest people I’ve ever met. We’ve been in practice together for 30 years and friends longer than that,” Ciesielka said. “His patients are going to miss him terribly. His family is going to miss him terribly and I am going to miss him. He was just one of the kindest, finest people.”
Rabinowitz, a family practitioner at UPMC Shadyside, was remembered by UPMC as one of its “kindest physicians.” The hospital said in a statement that “the UPMC family, in particular UPMC Shadyside, cannot even begin to express the sadness and grief we feel over the loss.”
“Those of us who worked with him respected and admired his devotion to his work and faith. His loss is devastating,” Tami Minnier, UPMC chief quality officer, wrote in a statement on Twitter.
Irving Younger, 69 A neighbor in Pittburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood on Sunday remembered victim Irving Younger as “a really nice guy.”
Jonathan Voye told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Younger was personable and occasionally spoke with him about family or the weather. “I’m scared for my kids’ future,” Mr. Voye told the Post-Gazette. “How can you have that much hate for your fellow neighbor?”
Tina Prizner told the Tribune-Review she’s lived next door to Younger for several years. Prizner said he was a “wonderful” father and grandfather.
The one-time real estate company owner “talked about his daughter and his grandson, always, and he never had an unkind word to say about anybody,” Prizner told the Tribune-Review.
Daniel Stein, 71 Daniel Stein
Barry Werber via AP Stein was a visible member of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, where he was a leader in the New Light Congregation and his wife, Sharyn, is the membership vice president of the area’s Hadassah chapter. He had recently become a grandfather.
“Their Judaism is very important to them, and to him,” said chapter co-president Nancy Shuman. “Both of them were very passionate about the community and Israel.”
The 71-year-old was president of the Men’s Club at Tree of Life. He also was among a group of New Light members who, along with Wax and Richard Gottfried, 65, made up “the religious heart” of the congregation, Cohen, the congregation co-president, said.
Stein’s nephew Steven Halle told the Tribune-Review that his uncle “was always willing to help anybody.” With his generous spirit and dry sense of humor, “he was somebody that everybody liked,” Halle said.
Joyce Fienberg, 75 Fienberg and her late husband, Stephen, were intellectual power houses. Those who knew them say they were the kind of people who used that intellect to help others.
The 75-year-old spent most of her career at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center, retiring in 2008 from her job as a researcher looking at learning in the classroom and in museums. She worked on several projects, including studying the practices of highly effective teachers.
Dr. Gaea Leinhardt, who was Fienberg’s research partner for decades, said she is devastated by the murder of her colleague and friend. “Joyce was a magnificent, generous, caring, and profoundly thoughtful human being,” she said.
Stephen, who died in 2016 after a battle with cancer, was a renowned professor of statistics and social science at Carnegie Mellon University. His work was used in shaping national policies in forensic science, education and criminal justice.
The couple married in 1965 and had moved to Pittsburgh in the early 1980s. Joyce began her work at the center in 1983. The couple had two sons and several grandchildren.
Melvin Wax, 88 Melvin Wax
Barry Werber via AP Wax was the first to arrive at New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood — and the last to leave.
Fellow members of the congregation, which rented space in the lower level of the Tree of Life Synagogue, said Wax was a kind man and a pillar of the congregation, filling just about every role except cantor.
Myron Snider said Wax would stay late to tell jokes with him and said his friend was unfailingly generous. “When my daughters were younger, they would go to him, and he would help them with their federal income tax every year. Never charged them.”
“He and I used to, at the end of services, try to tell a joke or two to each other. Most of the time they were clean jokes. Most of the time. I won’t say all the time, but most of the time.”
New Light moved to the Tree of Life building about a year ago, when the congregation of about 100 mostly older members could no longer afford its own space, said administrative assistant Marilyn Honigsberg. She said Wax, who lost his wife Sandra in 2016, was always there when services began at 9:45 a.m.
Snider said Wax was a pillar of the congregation, filling just about every role except cantor. Snider had just been released from a six-week hospital stay for pneumonia and was not at Saturday’s services. “He called my wife to get my phone number in the hospital so he could talk to me,” Snider said. “Just a sweet, sweet guy.”
Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 86 The Simons were a married couple who were retired and liked to take walks around the neighborhood.
Rose Mallinger, 97 Rose Mallinger was the oldest victim in Saturday’s shooting. Worshipers remember her as almost the first to always walk into services and was described by a relative as “the most caring gentle loving woman.”
Her daughter was among those wounded in the shooting.