Shredding fundraiser planned in memory of Rosenthal brothers |

Shredding fundraiser planned in memory of Rosenthal brothers

Megan Guza
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Bob Goldstein, 71, of Squirrel Hill wags his finger at a memorial dedicated to 59-year-old Cecil Rosenthal outside of the Tree of Life Congregation on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Rosenthal was one of 11 people shot and killed at the synagogue on Saturday. Goldstein has been a member of the congregation since he was born, he said, and knew Rosenthal well. Goldstein’s daughter, Beth Goldstein-Goldman, said Cecil used to wag his finger and say 'You’ve got to go to shul' when he’d see members of the congregation in public. 'Cecil just wanted everyone to go to synagogue. It’s where he found his home. He was just a happy person and wanted everyone to feel that,' Goldstein-Goldman said.

Organizations touched by the lives of Tree of Life shooting victims David and Cecil Rosenthal will hold a document shredding fundraiser in their memory Sunday, officials said Wednesday.

“To know David and Cecil Rosenthal was to know kindness, laughter and joy,” said Lisa Razza, director of communications for ACHIEVA, an organization that works with individuals with disabilities. “They were tragically taken from us, too soon, at the Tree of Life synagogue.”

The Rosenthal brothers were among the 11 killed in the Oct. 27 shooting at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill.

Through ACHIEVA, Cecil was set to begin working at Iron City Workplace Services, according to the release from Razza.

ACHIEVA and Iron City Workplace Services, along with the nonprofit Friendship Circle, will hold a document-shredding fundraiser in Homestead on Sunday. ICWS offers scanning and shredding services.

Razza said the fundraiser was previously planned but, following the shooting, ICWS owner Phil Sonnenklar asked that the fundraiser be adapted to memorialize David and Cecil — his cousins.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waterfront shopping center, in the parking lot between Steak ‘n Shake and First Commonwealth Bank. The minimum donation is $10 per car. Money from the fundraiser will got toward ACHIEVA and Friendship Circle in the name of David and Cecil.

“With the help of staff, family and friends, David and Cecil embraced their community with a love for socializing, exploring and celebrating all events worth celebrating,” Razza said. “The brothers loved their community, living life to the fullest and the community loved them back.”

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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