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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.

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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

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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. 

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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.

Pa. awards $5M to help houses of worship, others protect against hate crimes

BY: - March 11, 2020

The grants are designed to prevent attacks such as the one that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.

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Tree of Life First Anniversary: Our leaders had a chance to make a statement on gun violence. They missed it | Opinion

BY: - October 27, 2019

You might think that given the timing of this session week, some attention would have been paid to Pennsylvania's gun violence problem. You would be wrong

‘We can’t ignore signs of hate’: One year later, Pittsburgh still healing from Tree of Life shooting

BY: and - October 27, 2019

One year ago, on Oct. 27, 2018, a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue during Shabbat services and murdered 11 people.

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Tree of Life first anniversary: How to teach tough topics to our kids | Opinion

BY: - October 27, 2019

Our schools have an opportunity—and, many say, an obligation—to instill students with the knowledge and skills to develop empathy and wash away hate.

‘I think it’s baby steps’: One year after the Tree of Life massacre, Squirrel Hill’s state rep. says stronger gun laws are inevitable

BY: - October 25, 2019

Rep. Dan Frankel has represented Pittsburgh's center of Jewish life in the state House for 20 years.

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Not banning weapons of war? That’s an assault on common sense | John L. Micek

BY: - August 15, 2019

The United States banned these weapons for a decade, from 1994 to 2013. We need a new ban. And we need it now.

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‘We cannot ignore the threads’ that connect acts of hate, Holocaust survivors, supporters say at Capitol ceremony

BY: - May 1, 2019

Wednesday's remembrance ceremony in the ornate reception room outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's office in the Capitol was the 35th annual observance.