Tree of Life

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On today's program: A conversation about social responsibility when it comes to hate; Obama-era coal pollution rules could dissolve; U.S. hardwoods profit margins are getting axed by the trade war; and more companies in Pittsburgh are giving their employees a say in major decisions. 

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On this special report: One year ago today, 11 people were killed and five others wounded at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. It remains the most deadly anti-Semitic attack on American soil. 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence presents a look back at the hurt and healing that has transpired since. 

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Ten-year-old Lehv Sahud decorated a postcard Friday addressed to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh with a red heart, a yellow flower and a message of support. 

Margaret J. Krauss / WESA

The shooting at Tree of Life synagogue last year took 11 lives and impacted countless others. For the officers who rushed to the scene that day, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sergeant Carla Kearns said the first anniversary, like any significant trauma, may be the toughest.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Federal prosecutors announced in August that they will pursue the death penalty against the man accused of killing 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue last October. They argued in a court filing that one reason the attack was especially nefarious was because it stemmed from the defendant’s hatred for Jews.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

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.

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On today's program: A conversation with U.S. Attorney Scott Brady on what's next in the Tree of Life shooting trial; a Perry Hilltop organization gives students trade skills; Pennsylvania's has one of the highest freight trucking rates in the country; and Port Authority expounds on its next 20 years. 

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On today's program: A new agency to support Tree of Life survivors opens its doors; a legal battle ensues (again) over prayer during House sessions; Pennsylvania's ethane is being used overseas; immunization exemptions could change after a measles outbreak; and it's your last chance to register to vote ahead of November's election. 

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. 

KEITH SRAKOCIC / AP

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

Federal prosecutors want a man accused of killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue to face a death sentence. 

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Just outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, state Democratic lawmakers announced a package of bills Thursday to address a nationwide increase in hate crimes.

AP

Synagogues in western Pennsylvania are significantly increasing security measures in the wake of the deadly attack at the Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 dead.

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.

Report: Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks In U.S. Doubled In 2018

Apr 30, 2019
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Violent attacks against the Jewish community in the United States doubled last year, while overall attacks that also include vandalism and harassment remained near record-high levels, the Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday. 

Once Sanctuaries, Houses Of Worship Struggle With Security

Mar 18, 2019
Mark Baker / AP

A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque.

Houses of worship have traditionally been places of refuge where strangers are welcome. But high-profile attacks in recent years on an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, a synagogue in Pittsburgh and now mosques in New Zealand have made many worshippers and their prayer leaders rethink how protected sanctuaries really are.

Mark Baker / AP

Pittsburgh Police will be increasing patrols at area mosques and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh this weekend after attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 49 worshippers dead. 

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What began as a small church project in Toledo, Ohio has become a wide-reaching, and widely relied upon, labor of love here in Pittsburgh. 

Fund For Tree Of Life Victims May Soon Be Disbursed

Jan 31, 2019
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Millions of dollars to support the Jewish community have been donated since October’s Tree of Life synagogue shooting.