2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rabbi Elisar Admon, One of the leaders of local Jewish burial society:
"According to the Jewish law, we're supposed to have every single thing that get in touch with the body during the time of the shooting – the time of the death – it's supposed to be buried with the body. So, after we're moving the body, usually our custom is to come and clean up whatever we can. All blood, etcetera and everything, whatever we can just to bury everything the respect way, to give these people the respect they need."
Pittsburgh - 29 October 2018
3. Woman walks by Star of David markers outside Tree of Life synagogue
Pittsburgh – 30 October 2018
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rabbi Elisar Admon, One of the leaders of local Jewish burial society:
"I tell you the truth, Saturday night was very tough. I came home, and I just start crying. I was very out… sorry. You know I've been in a lot of scene, but these people that you know very well – this person actually looks like he was make (making) sure they cannot run away anymore, and they're not injured, they're dead. And it was very hard to see, like, people, like, coming Saturday morning to the peaceful place (Hebrew) and get connection with God. And the same moment they get the connection with God, evil person walk in and say like, 'Guys, just because you're Jewish I'm going to kill you.'"
Pittsburgh – 28 October 2018
5. STILL image showing a memorial of flowers and stars lining the sidewalk outside the Tree of Life Synagogue
Pittsburgh – 30 October 2018
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rabbi Elisar Admon, One of the leaders of local Jewish burial society:
"But it's important for them to know – it's important for people to know what exactly are required to do, what exactly Jewish law, what does and what people obligate and can do. And I am very happy of my kids growing this way, and my students growing this way, and with the idea, 'I would like to help.' Not everyone can handle it. But, if you can handle it, and you do it, it's amazing. You know, in Hebrew it's called 'Chesed Shel Emes' is like kindness that never pay back – like a truthful kindness, because these people cannot pay back to you – cannot say thank you."
Judaism asks the living to take special care of the dead, whatever the circumstances.
But the scale of the violence in Pittsburgh has placed an extraordinary responsibility on those dedicated to this work, all volunteers.
Recovering and preparing a body for burial is traditionally done by the local chapter of the burial society called Chevra Kadisha.
One of the local members, Rabbi Elisar Admon, is also a member of Israel-based Zaka International.
He's spent many years recovering bodies at scenes including accidents and terrorist attacks. Inside Tree of Life, the bodies of those killed were riddled with bullets.
Jewish law asks that each drop of blood and any other remains be recovered and buried. The victims included one of their own, Jerry Rabinowitz, a doctor who had worked with the group in the past to prepare bodies for burial.
Many of the funerals will be over before the volunteers can complete their work. But care will be taken to bury all of the additional remains recovered. They will be marked with the names of the dead.