Tree of Life Congregation Tree of Life Congregation

Tree of Life Congregation

The Pittsburgh-based Conservative Jewish synagogue celebrates traditional teachings while adapting to the needs of the modern Jewish community.

Rebuilding from Hate and Tragedy

Tree of Life Congregation

Tree of Life Congregation is a cultural and religious focal point in the community of Squirrel Hill, which serves as the city's hub of Jewish culture. Tree of Life Synagogue began as an Orthodox congregation in 1864, becoming affiliated with the Conservative Jewish movement over the years. In 1952, the congregation moved into its current building, and in 2010, Tree of Life merged with Congregation Or L'Simcha, bringing its membership to more than 500 families. Later, Dor Hadash, a Reconstructionist congregation and New Light, a Conservative congregation, began renting space in the Tree of Life building. The space has evolved into more than just a place of worship; it is a community center for organizations, both secular and religious.

In 2018, 11 Tree of Life congregants were murdered and six were injured in an anti-Semitic attack during Shabbat services. The massacre was the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in the history of the United States. In the wake of the horrific massacre, communities around the country and the world offered their condolences and support, joining Squirrel Hill in its rallying cry of both grief and hope for the future: "Stronger Than Hate."

GRoW Support

2018

General Operating Support