DECEMBER 20, 2018 – Two prominent members of the New England Patriots paid tribute to the 11 victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy in Pittsburgh this past weekend.
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, visited the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday to pay his respects to the victims of the deadliest shooting in American Jewish history. Kraft then attended services at Rodef Shalom, a nearby synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The Patriots owner was invited by the rabbi to address the congregation.
On Sunday, during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wore customized cleats, honoring the victims, as part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. On his cleats were the words of the synagogue in Hebrew, “Etz Haim,” and the slogan “Stronger than hate.”
In a post on Twitter before the game, Edelman listed the names of the victims: Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger.