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Corinthians Honors Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims With Jerseys Bearing Their Names

Last Sunday, Brazilian club Corinthians honored the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting by wearing the names of the 11 victims on its jerseys during a Brasileirão match against Botafogo. 

On Saturday, Oct. 27, sole suspect Robert Gregory Bowers opened fire during Shabbat morning services at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The attack killed 11 people and injured seven, making it the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.

Married couple Bernice (84) and Sylvan (86) Simon, brothers Cecil (59) and David (54) Rosenthal, Joyce Fienberg (75), Rich Gottfried (65), Rose Mallinger (97), Jerry Rabinowitz (66), Daniel Stein (71), Melvin Wax (88) and Irving Younger (69) were all killed in the mass shooting, and each of the 11 starting Corinthians players wore a jersey with one of their names on the back.

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The club will now work in partnership with the Sao Paulo Jewish federation to auction off the shirts and use the money to construct a monument against intolerance. The remaining funds will be donated to Ten Yad, a Jewish charity that helps fight famine in Sao Paulo.

“The massacre in Pittsburgh during the Jewish religious service has hurt our fundamental values. That’s why we took the decision to honor the victims of this irrational act of violence and call for all peoples to co-exist in harmony and respect of differences,” Corinthians president Andres Sanchez said. “These things cannot be repeated. Each of us must be an example aiming at a better world. Remembering and repulsing acts of prejudice is the best way to fight such outbreak of barbarity. Baruch Dayan Haemet (Blessed is the true judge).” 

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