Israeli and Jewish relief organizations tending to Pittsburgh’s Jewish community following the antisemitic massacre last Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue have been dealing with a range of challenges, from handling the bodies of the victims to providing therapy for survivors and loved ones.
Rabbi Elisar Admon – the Israeli-born commander of the Pittsburgh branch of emergency response organization ZAKA – spoke to The Algemeiner after entering Tree of Life Synagogue on Tuesday, where his team was allowed to clear a portion of the crime scene for the first time.
Admon originally visited the scene of the massacre on Saturday with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as Rabbi Daniel Wasserman, head of the Chevra Kadisha society, which tends to the bodies of deceased Jews.
“That was tough,” said Admon, who had also volunteered with ZAKA while living in Israel. “I came home afterwards and just sat in my bed and cried. That doesn’t happen often.”