Hold space for the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting—the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history—with a documentary film screening that tells the stories of those affected by the attack and brings into sharp focus the hate-based rhetoric that threatens the fabric of our society.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
About the Program
On October 27, 2018, a gunman opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing eleven people as they prayed, in what would become the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting is a deeply personal portrait of the survivors, victims, and family members, who share their harrowing first-hand accounts of the impact of the shooting on the community.
The film is rooted in a community in the aftermath of a violent attack, as they work to rebuild and heal. Despite core differences, they come together to determine what justice looks like and how to best move forward while honoring and learning from the past. The film sheds light on the collective trauma suffered by a tight-knit group and brings into sharp focus the hate-based rhetoric that surrounds many of the mass shootings today, threatening the fabric of our society.
Stay for post-screening programming, including a panel discussion and poetry reading.
Giovanna Fischer, Organizer, Cultural Strategist, and Educator
Audrey Glickman, Survivor and Member, Tree of Life Congregation
Susan Margolin, Producer, A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Bradley W. Orsini, Senior National Security Advisor, Secure Community Network
Najeeba Syeed, Chair and Executive Director of Interfaith, Augsburg University.
Mike Sonksen, Professor, Poet, and Author of Letters to My City
Directed by Trish Adlesic. (2021, 78 min. TV-MA.)
"A Tree of Life surely stands as an act of love toward humanity."—Hollywood Reporter