Tree of Life Synagogue

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Eleven candles were lit at a vigil in Pittsburgh Sunday evening to remember the 11 Jewish worshipers who were killed a year ago at the Tree of Life synagogue. The shooting was the worst anti-Semitic attack on American soil in U.S. history.

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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.

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Tree of Life -- Or L’Simcha is a conservative Jewish congregation, and Calvary Episcopal Church is mainline Protestant. But both Pittsburgh congregations trace their origins to the mid-19th century. And both have long inhabited houses of worship accented by stained glass on tree-lined Shady Avenue, albeit a mile apart. 

City Prepares To Commemorate Tree Of Life Synagogue Attack

Sep 20, 2019
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As Pittsburgh prepares to commemorate last year's deadly shooting at a synagogue, Jewish leaders say returning to the synagogue remains a priority. 

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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. 

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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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Pennsylvania's governor will be traveling next week to visit National Guard troops stationed in Lithuania and to honor the victims of last year's Pittsburgh synagogue shooting during a stop at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

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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.

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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.

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A man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge Tuesday.

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Hatred manifests itself in flyers distributed in certain neighborhoods, in internet postings, and as Pittsburghers know too well--through violent, even deadly acts. Is the hate movement increasing? 

Kathleen Blee, dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, says yes, and its participants have learned from their forebearers.

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Just one day after a gunman killed one and wounded others at a synagogue near San Diego, locals gathered to remember the 11 people killed in Pittsburgh six month ago in a similar massacre targeting Jewish worshipers.

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Six months ago, a gunman killed 11 Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, in what has been called the deadliest anti-Semitic attack on American soil. In the days after the shooting, Pittsburghers seized onto a phrase that both inspired and described the community’s response: “Stronger than hate.”

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Religious, community and political leaders plan to gather this Sunday at Temple Sinai to mark six months since a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue.

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Israel has announced it will honor the head of Pittsburgh's Jewish community during next month's Independence Day celebrations, six months after 11 members of the community were killed in a synagogue shooting. 

Tree Of Life Synagogue Calls For Art To Cover Fencing

Apr 15, 2019
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Fences covered with blue tarps still surround the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, where 11 Jewish worshipers were killed last October.

But the three congregations which once worshipped there want to change that aesthetic.

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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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Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005, at age 96. But his legacy remains as relevant as ever.

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 The Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a shooting massacre that left 11 worshippers dead has started a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe to support New Zealand's Muslim community.

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After October's Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, $6.3 million were donated to a fund set up by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Most of that money will go to the families of the 11 people killed and to those seriously wounded in the attack. 

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The man accused of opening fire at the Tree of Life synagogue pleaded “not guilty” Monday to new allegations stemming from the October attack. Robert Bowers, of Baldwin, was arraigned for a second time after a federal grand jury charged him in January with 19 additional hate crimes and firearms-related offenses.

Hate Crimes Charged In Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Case

Jan 29, 2019
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A man accused of opening fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, killing 11 people and wounding seven others, now faces additional counts that include allegations of hate crimes. 

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There were 55 homicide deaths in Pittsburgh last year, most due to gun violence. Despite the Tree of Life shooting in October, in which 11 people were killed by one gunman, homicide deaths dropped for the fourth year in a row.

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh led more than 120 security trainings in the year leading up to the deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life in October, including an active shooter drill at the synagogue just weeks before.

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A rabbi who was leading services the morning a gunman killed 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue will give the invocation next week at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's second inaugural ceremony.

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Nearly 10 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was shaken by a deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The city’s resilience in the face of tragedy gripped the nation.

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Philadelphia fashion week, demand at Larrimor’s and a spot on Facebook’s small business council might not have been where Nisha Blackwell thought her sewing career would take her. According to the Homewood-based, bowtie business owner, she wasn’t sure how to turn on her machine a little more than four years ago.

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