Tree of Life Synagogue

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Almost a year after the September 11th attacks, researchers still saw children crashing toy airplanes into towers of blocks.

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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.

Man Tied To Synagogue Shooting Suspect Arrested

Nov 14, 2018
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A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.

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In the aftermath of the shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue, many find it sobering to recall that this month is the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

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Like many Pittsburghers, Arlan Hess says that after the shootings last month at Tree of Life synagogue, she felt helpless.

Then she realized there was a way she could help.

Hess owns City Books on the North Side, and on Saturday the shop will host the Tree of Life Memorial Reading, with a dozen local writers and live music.

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It’s been more than a week since the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, and those who were part of the emergency response might only now be starting to confront the effects of trauma caused by this tragedy.

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Jews and non-Jews gathered Saturday at Rodef Shalom, a reform synagogue in Pittsburgh, one week after a shooting at nearby Tree of Life where 11 people were killed.

Usually, services are held in Rodef Shalom’s small chapel, but this week the synagogue used its larger sanctuary. More than half of the 1,100 seats were filled.

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An armed guard. Security cameras. An entrance locked by a keypad.

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Emergency services personnel for Allegheny County spent last Saturday morning responding to routine police calls, such as complaints about parking or residents blowing leaves into neighbors’ yards.

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Pittsburghers will continue to gather this weekend in the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue which left 11 people dead, looking for ways to heal and move forward.

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Sylvan Simon, 86, and Bernice Simon, 84, were married for 62 years, and wed at Tree of Life synagogue.

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History teacher Jackie Goldblum told her students that she felt helpless and scared after the attack on a synagogue about 2 miles from the school.

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From the corner of Forbes and Shady avenues in Squirrel Hill, you can spot a Chinese restaurant, a dentist, and a dry cleaner, as well as an all-Kosher Dunkin Donuts. It’s a busy commercial district which is full of foot traffic, even on a weekday morning.

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HIAS, the refugee resettlement agency targeted by alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, will change how they monitor threats on social media, according to Mark Hetfield, the agency's president and CEO.

Bowers singled out HIAS on social media site Gab before the attack, accusing the agency of bringing "invaders" to the United States. Founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS resettles refugees screened by the government in the U.S. They expanded their program to people of other faiths in the early 2000s. 

Squirrel Hill Rabbi: ‘We The Jews Provide Space For Grieving’

Oct 30, 2018
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Rabbi Seth Adelson’s cell phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Saturday.

He leads the congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. With 600 families, it’s one of the largest congregations in the city.

In addition to handling the everyday needs of his congregants, he’s also navigating their reactions to Saturday’s mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 worshipers were killed, and some remain in the hospital.

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In response to the deadly shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Squirrel Hill, several local cultural institutions are offering free admission this week.

The groups want to serve as places of healing and comfort.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, on the North Side, is free to visitors through Friday.

So is the Frick Art Museum, in Point Breeze, which is hosting an exhibit of fantastical costumes made from paper.

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As Pittsburgh mourns lives lost and affected by the deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, thousands are coming together to hold vigils, raise money and offer interfaith support.

What Is A Hate Crime?

Oct 29, 2018
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Prosecutors charged the alleged gunman in the shooting rampage at Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life synagogue with state and federal hate crimes Saturday. 

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Under a gray sky, neighbors, community members and mourners visited the site of Saturday’s deadly shooting in Squirrel Hill Sunday morning. Authorities say 11 people were killed when a lone gunman opened fire in the basement of Tree of Life synagogue.

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“In Pittsburgh, we’re pragmatic. We find solutions to problems. We will not try to rationalize your irrational behavior...we will work to eradicate it.”


Police Boost Patrols At Synagogues After Pittsburgh Shooting

Oct 27, 2018
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Law-enforcement agencies around the U.S. deployed extra officers at synagogues and Jewish centers on Saturday in response to a shooting that claimed 11 lives inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Robert Bowers, the suspect in the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, surrendered to police, and officials say he is in fair condition at Allegheny General Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say that while Bowers' motive remains unknown, "we believe he was acting alone." Eleven people were killed in the attack, and six were injured.

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Thousands of people jammed into the corner of Murray and Forbes in Squirrel Hill amid a light rain for a vigil Saturday evening for the victims of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue earlier in the day. The gathering included prayers and singing in memory of those killed and wounded.

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The man suspected of killing 11 people at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill has been charged with obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death.

Federal prosecutors say Robert Bowers was charged Saturday night in a 29-count criminal complaint. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

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Officials say 11 people were killed when a shooter opened fire during a baby naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.