Synagogue Shooting

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On today's program: The Tree of Life community continues to live with the aftermath of the 2018 attack; a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp and the Tree of Life worshipper shares his story; and a writer documents the resilience of the Squirrel Hill community in a new book.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The 2018 shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. As such, it’s readily contextualized alongside the spikes in nativist rhetoric and white-nationalist violence that have plagued the country in recent years.

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A federal judge has rejected a bid by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting to have the death penalty removed as a potential sentencing option.

Lawyers for Robert Bowers argued that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Senior District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose noted in a trio of rulings Monday that courts have consistently upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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About $5.5 million that poured in from donors after the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 worshippers is being distributed according to a plan outlined Monday by Jewish groups.

The largest share, just over $3 million, will go to the families of those killed and to two people who were seriously injured. Donations are also being distributed to people who were in the Tree of Life building during the attack, to first responders and to the congregations.

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Lawyers for the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh have challenged the potential death sentence as unconstitutional.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, a gunman entered Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. In less than 10 minutes, seven people died, including four teenagers.

After Deadly Shooting, Tree Of Life Plans Reopening

Oct 18, 2019
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Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshipers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a "center for Jewish life in the United States" and a symbol against hatred.

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Lawyers for the man accused of shooting to death 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year said in a filing Tuesday that the case would be over if federal prosecutors had accepted his offer to plead guilty in return for life-without-parole.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening and security for Pittsburgh area Jewish New Year celebrations are expected to be greater than previous years. 

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A collaborative art project in front of the Tree of Life synagogue site in Squirrel Hill has been installed. #HeartsTogether: The Art of Rebuilding, includes 101 images printed on a windscreen that stretches in front of the building along Wilkins Avenue. 

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has donated the monetary award for its Pulitzer Prize to help repair the synagogue where 11 people died in a massacre last year.

Staffers won the award on April 15 for their coverage of the October shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.

Along with one of the highest honors for journalistic achievement, the newsroom was awarded $15,000.

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Members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community discussed domestic terrorism with Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday. U.S. Representatives on the Committee on Homeland Security came to Pittsburgh as part of a series of meetings with communities affected by mass shootings.

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Two congregations associated with the Tree of Life synagogue disagree with the federal government’s decision to pursue the death penalty against the man who allegedly killed 11 congregants last year.

Dave Klug / AP

Prosecutors and lawyers for the man charged with killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year have agreed to a 120-day extension in the case.

Lawyers For Synagogue Massacre Suspect Allege FBI Meddling

May 30, 2019
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Lawyers for the man accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue say the FBI has been discouraging witnesses from talking to the defense, undermining the suspect's right to a fair trial.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

A lawyer for the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre says he still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

Jewish Schools Near Tree Of Life Seek Public Grants For Security

May 7, 2019
Keith Srakocic / AP

Students and staff members at Jewish day schools near the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of October's mass shooting are asking state lawmakers for help paying for security measures.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Offering prayers and making speeches, Pennsylvania lawmakers came together in an unusual joint session Wednesday to commemorate the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 people last year.

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“Healing Tones,” a new composition commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, opens with the sound of a ram’s horn or shofar — a traditional Jewish musical instrument.

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A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue in October is expected to appear Monday morning in a federal courtroom to be arraigned on additional charges.

The hearing in Robert Bowers' case is expected to be short and involves giving him formal notice of the criminal charges issued in a new indictment.

Lawmakers Sing To Survivor Of Holocaust, Synagogue Shooting

Feb 6, 2019
J. Scott Applewhite

In a joyful, bipartisan moment, lawmakers briefly interrupted the State of the Union to serenade a survivor of October's Pittsburgh synagogue shooting with an impromptu version of "Happy Birthday."

Matt Rourke / AP

A Holocaust survivor who escaped the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and a police officer who was wounded responding to the massacre will be among the guests sitting with first lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Some of the police officers who responded to the October shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people were honored at a religious ceremony.

They attended a community-wide meal Saturday night at the Beth Shalom synagogue. Three of the officers suffered injuries in the shooting.

A commander who was supposed to be off on Oct. 27 recounted racing to the scene at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Dave Klug / AP

Federal prosecutors are outlining the steps they will take as they decide whether to seek the death penalty against the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pittsburgh Police are investigating fliers found in Squirrel Hill this weekend that advertise a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The papers espoused racism, anti-Semitism and information on how to join the group.

The 9th annual "Latkepalooza" at Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh is open to families across the Jewish community.

There's plenty of fried food, face painting and carnival-style games.

Seventeen-year-old Ariel Holstein runs the putt-putt game. For him, the past five weeks have been intense. He says there was a lot to take in after police say a shooter killed 11 people at the nearby Tree of Life Synagogue in October.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A Pittsburgh hospital says the 70-year-old chaplain shot during the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting has been discharged from the hospital.

Lawyer: FBI Erred In Tying Man To Synagogue Massacre Suspect

Nov 16, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

A defense attorney says federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

The Tree of Life shooting, which left 11 Jewish worshippers dead, has been deemed the most fatal anti-Semitic attack in American history. Federal prosecutors were quick to charge the accused gunman, Robert Bowers, with hate crimes for each fatality.

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