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Allegheny Conference 2018 Annual Meeting
Opening Remarks by Chairman Bill Demchak

Allegheny Conference Response to the October 27 Tragedy

On behalf of the Allegheny Conference Board of Directors, we reach out to you today with heavy hearts following Saturday’s tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. We are filled with sorrow and sympathy for our Jewish neighbors and everyone in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who has been touched by this horrific act.

The attack, which took place in a sanctuary – a place of refuge and retreat – during a time of prayer and worship, was an attack on our shared values and ideals, not just here in our region but for Pittsburghers everywhere.

Squirrel Hill represents the best of our region in so many ways – a diverse, welcoming community in the heart of the city that is the heart of our region. It will always be Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. In that spirit of community, we will come together as we have when we have faced adversity before. In the early days of reaction and repair we have seen this already in our first responders – the “helpers,” as Mr. Rogers himself described them – who came from across our region, acting bravely, immediately and skillfully; in our citizens who are gathering throughout Pittsburgh to pray, mourn and comfort one another; and in our public and religious officials, whose leadership and compassion we will count on to bring our community together to heal and move forward as one.

The Allegheny Conference, on behalf of the region’s private sector leaders, is behind our community at this difficult time and encourages support through the Jewish Federation’s “Our Victims of Terror Fund,” which is at the center of local efforts to ensure resources are directed to the areas of greatest need.

Today, more than ever before, we need each other. We must move beyond the anger it is so natural to feel after an assault on our neighbors. We must take action to foster an even greater sense of community for everyone who calls our region home. And, we must come together, unified as one Pittsburgh, to stand against hate of all kinds and to ensure that our region – a region that was built on a variety of beliefs and cultures, welcoming peoples from around the world – celebrates diversity, embraces our differences, and is indeed for all.


Bill Demchak, Chair

Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer

Stefani Pashman Signature

In response to inquiries from members of the Allegheny Conference’s Regional Investors Council, below are several ways for businesses and individuals to support our community in the aftermath of the October 27 shooting tragedy:


  • The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center is collecting materials that document the global response to the Tree of Life Tragedy. Click here to learn how you can contribute digital content and physical items.
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh “Our Victims of Terror Fund” – Funds will be used towards psychological services, support for families, general services, reconstruction, additional security throughout the community, medical bills, future counseling, as well as other services that may be needed.
  • Join the University Of Pittsburgh Office Of Child Development and its partners in donating books to children in Squirrel Hill and surrounding areas to help those who may be affected by the Tree of Life tragedy. Click here to donate.



  • Vitalant: Formerly the Central Blood Blank, Vitalant is asking those who can to donate blood at one of their centers.
  • The American Red Cross: Drives on Friday, November 2 and Friday, November 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and appointments are required. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule, or search for open slots using the code “PITT” on the Red Cross website.
  • Shaare Torah Synagogue Blood Drive: Sunday, Nov 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.





This page will be updated as we become aware of more ways to support our community. To submit ways to offer support, please email Katie DelVerne at