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Tree of Life Synagogue

3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

By Peter Smith and Mark Scolforo — October 22, 2021
PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The landmark synagogue in Pittsburgh’s leafy Squirrel Hill neighborhood remains dormant, but a renowned […]

Police say accused synagogue shooter talked of killing Jews

By Ramesh Santanam — October 12, 2021
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police officers who responded to the synagogue building during a shooting three years ago that killed 11 people told a judge Tuesday that defendant Robert Bowers made several references to killing Jews. Officer Stephen Mescan was the first to testify in what is expected to be a two-day hearing into whether […]

Tom Hanks, Joanne Rogers to raise money to rebuild Tree of Life Synagogue site

By Yonat Shimron — November 19, 2020
(RNS) — The site at which 11 Jews were shot to death two years ago will be razed or rehabilitated in a plan that will include a memorial.

With interfaith exhibit, Boston’s Abrahamic faith groups revisit their shared roots

By Aysha Khan — November 11, 2019
BOSTON (RNS) — The Episcopal Cathedral is hosting a new interfaith art exhibit that explores the life of Abraham — and launching an accompanying book study focused on Sarah and Hagar.

New Light congregant: Last year’s shooting demands we turn prayers to action

By Beth Kissileff — October 25, 2019
(RNS) — I can’t bring back the 12 American Jews killed by anti-Semitic violence this year, but I can live my life with the urgency our tradition asks of us and encourage others as well to build the world, kindness first. 

One year after Tree of Life, a couple looks to the past for a way forward

By Yonat Shimron — October 24, 2019
VIENNA, Va. (RNS) — After losing his mother in the Tree of Life shooting, Howard leaned into his faith. His wife, Marnie, into activism.

Why did Robert Bowers attack Tree of Life synagogue?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 23, 2019
(RNS) — Jews' pesky determination to bring an ethical, spiritual vision to the world has made us a target since ancient times.

American Jewry’s very bad, terrible year

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 2, 2019
It's not about how they hate us. It's about how God loves us. That is the lesson for Jews on Rosh Ha Shanah.

To Sri Lankan Christians, and all Christian friends: ‘May Christ rise for you’

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 21, 2019
(RNS) — When Easter Sunday becomes Good Friday, something is terribly wrong.

After Christchurch shooting, Jewish communities share in trauma and healing

By Aysha Khan — March 18, 2019
(RNS) — Subjected to similar attacks at houses of worship, Jewish and Muslim communities around the world have been brought together in offering mutual support.

In Tel Aviv, Jews join with Muslims in vigil mourning New Zealand dead

By Jonathan Harounoff — March 18, 2019
TEL AVIV (RNS) — Dozens gathered outside the New Zealand embassy in Tel Aviv Sunday night for a somber candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of Friday's (March 15) mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

$6.3M raised for synagogue massacre families, survivors

By Associated Press — March 5, 2019
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A $6.3 million fund established in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will primarily be split among the families of the dead and survivors of the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history.

How a national emergency order endangers the ‘other’

By Jonathan Perlman and Eric C Manning — February 20, 2019
(RNS) — The leaders of two congregations that have suffered violence incited by hate, we recognize the president's 'emergency' isn’t about an invasion, but the language of governmental overreach.

Fighting hate, from Tree of Life synagogue to Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church

By Beth Kissileff — January 29, 2019
PITTSBURGH (RNS) — In response to hate, we connected with other victims of hate to increase good in the world and honor those slain in the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018.

As Muslim extremism nosedives, researchers question law enforcement’s focus

By Yonat Shimron — January 25, 2019
(RNS) — Fifty people were killed by extremists in the U.S. in 2018. But only one of those killings was perpetrated by someone associated with radical Islam.
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