On fifth anniversary of Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, lawmakers continue push for change

BY: - October 27, 2023

Friday is the anniversary of the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead and the Jewish community reeling, struggling to find answers in the wake of one the worst anti-Semitic attacks in the nation's history.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. House bill would double grant funding for nonprofits to guard against hate crimes

BY: - October 18, 2023

Funding would double for a state program that provides grants for nonprofit organizations vulnerable to hate crimes, to tighten security around their buildings under legislation passed by a state House committee on Wednesday. Launched in 2019, in the wake of a deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh the year before, the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund has […]

Jury sentences gunman in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting to death

BY: - August 2, 2023

Robert Bowers, 50, was convicted of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018. The jury decided he should receive the death penalty.

After sentencing, Pgh synagogue shooter will fade from the public eye. Here’s why

BY: - July 16, 2023

Whatever sentence he gets, survivors say they want to make sure the message of hate stops with him.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter found guilty on dozens of charges

BY: - June 16, 2023

The jury also found the accused gunman guilty on 11 counts of a hate crime act resulting in death.

As Pgh synagogue shooter trial begins, there’s new hope for changes to Pa.’s gun, hate crimes laws

BY: - April 23, 2023

'We feel more momentum now for life-saving gun violence prevention policy change than we've felt in years,' Josh Fleitman, of CeaseFirePa, said

Ads target Mastriano for using social media site where Tree of Life shooter posted manifesto

BY: - October 13, 2022

Gun violence matters to Pennsylvania voters, a gun law reform group said as it announced a $2.1 million media buy targeting Republican nominees for U.S. Senate and governor in the midterm elections.

Lawmakers, Jewish leaders announce $4.5M in security grants; call for permanent funding

BY: - January 27, 2022

Lawmakers from the House and Senate joined Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh on Thursday, as the nation and world observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to announce a new round of state funding for a program intended to keep marginalized and vulnerable communities safe from harm. “You all stepped up. You realized that our community, and all […]

Tree of Life allocated $6.6M in state funds for redevelopment efforts

BY: - December 6, 2021

"We will transform this site that has been marked by horror and the H-word into one full of hope, remembrance, and education," Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers said Monday.


Three years since Tree of Life. All that’s changed are the names of the dead | Wednesday Coffee

BY: - October 27, 2021

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his allies have made a renewed call for passage of anti-gun violence bills. The Legislature won't vote on them. Again


I’m a member of the ‘Mass Shooting Generation.’ Pa. lawmakers need to pass tougher background checks on gun purchases | Opinion

BY: - March 24, 2021

My children will not live in a world where a Black male under 17 dies by gun homicide every nine hours. My children will not grow up in a Pennsylvania where gun violence costs our commonwealth $12.1 billion each year. 


Pa. opens up grants to nonprofits, vulnerable to hate crimes, looking to shore up security | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 5, 2021

The $5M program is administered by the Pa. Commission on Crime & Delinquency. It was created in the wake of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue.