Tree of Life


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.


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. 

Courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank

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.