A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Co-sponsored with WALLA
April 8, 2024, 6:30 PM
Maple-Walnut Room, West Lafayette Public Library

A documentary. (1 hour 20 minutes)

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 ersonal portrait of the survivors, victims and their 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.

Directed by Trish Adlesic; produced by Susan Margolin; executive produced by Michael Keaton, Billy Porter, Mark Cuban, D.J. Gugenheim, Elliott Joseph, Lloyd Myers, Geeta Gandbhir, Lauran Bromley, Michele Fetting, Charlie Friday. Featuring an original song by Idina Menzel and Kate Diaz. HBO coordinating producer, Anna Klein, executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

Washington Post: The Tree of Life synagogue I knew is gone. But a rebirth is coming.