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People pay their respects at a memorial to the victims of a mass shooting in front of the Tree of Life synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, November 4, 2018.

This Sunday marks exactly one year since a vicious anti-Semitic shooter opened fire at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, leaving 11 people dead and six more people injured.

Robert Gregory Bowers, 46, was arrested and charged with 63 federal crimes, including some carrying a death sentence, in addition to 36 charges in Pennsylvania state court as well.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed Sunday, October 27, a Day of Action to Combat Antisemitism to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack.

Numerous US communities and politicians likewise signed up to support the campaign as well, declaring the day to be a “Day of Action to Combat Antisemitism.”

A whopping 88 percent of American Jews believe antisemitism is a problem in the United States; 38 percent of those polled believed it is a “very serious” problem.

According to the 2019 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Survey of American Jews on Antisemitism in America, a survey conducted by the SSRS research firm, only 12 percent of those polled did not think antisemitism is a problem in the US today.

Calls were made to a national sample of 1,283 Jews over age 18 between September 11 and October 6.

As part of its effort to show its solidarity with the Tree of Life congregation on this first anniversary of the deadly attack, the AJC dedicated its efforts in this year’s annual global event, “Show Up for Shabbat,” to the memories of those who were lost in the shooting in Pittsburgh.

The AJC co-organized a ShowUpForShabbat service with the Chief Rabbi and the Warsaw Jewish Community, which was attended by the Ambassadors of Israel, Australia, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Romania, representatives of Hungary and the US, Catholic and Lutheran bishops.

The assistant to the Chief Rabbi of Tunisia also participated, welcoming AJC’s Jason Isaacson and Benjamin Rogers to the Grand Synagogue.

In Jerusalem as well, US Ambassador to the State of Israel, David M. Friedman also added his voice to the campaign:

As one of the writers on Twitter urged, “Show up for those who no longer can.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.