Fencing surrounds the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Video screenshot via KDKA

(RNS) — A chain-link fence shrouded with a black tarp surrounds the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh these days.

The Jewish community in the city’s east side neighborhood of Squirrel Hill has not yet decided the fate of the building in the wake of the Oct. 27 shooting in which a gunman opened fire as Shabbat services were about to begin, killing 11 worshippers.

Many of the survivors — members of three independent Jewish congregations that met in the synagogue — are still coming to terms with the anti-Semitic rampage, considered the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Rabbi Jonathan Perlman. Courtesy photo

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