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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives Pulitzer cash award to shul

(JTA) – Employees of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette donated to the city’s Tree of Life synagogue the $15,000 they had won along with a Pulitzer prize for their coverage of the deadly Oct. 27 antisemitic shooting at the building. The newspaper won the money and prize in April for their “immersive, compassionate coverage,” as the judges wrote. Splitting the monetary award among those who had participated in the news coverage “just didn’t seem right,” the report said. Publisher John Robinson Block suggested donating the prize money to Tree of Life to help it repair its bullet-riddled temple in Squirrel Hill. On Aug. 29, in the Post-Gazette newsroom on the North Shore, the newspaper’s executive editor, Keith Burris, presented a $15,000 check to Rabbi Jeffrey Myers and Samuel Schachner, president of the congregation. “We feel bound to you and your congregations – by memory and duty,” Burris said in a speech. “And we offer you, in humility, our service – as scribes and witnesses.”

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