Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

2020 John E. McGrady Award Winner

Rabbi Hazzan Dr. Jeffrey Myers has served as the Rabbi and Cantor for Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill since the summer of 2017. He moved to Pittsburgh after spending decades in ministry in New Jersey and Long Island. After the horrific morning of October 27, 2018, when a heavily armed gunman began a murderous rampage in the Tree of Life building, Rabbi Myers—who survived the attack—became the face of the tragedy. He has since set about sending the key message that love is stronger than hate. Rabbi Myers contends that a lack of understanding of our neighbors leads to fear and sometimes loathing, which can lead to acts of violence. Rabbi Myers believes that if we are ever to remove the "H word" from our society, it must start with pledging not to use that word in speech, just as he has done in honor of the 11 lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue.