What Have We Learned from the Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack?

October 22, 2020

The murder of 11 Jews at prayer at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018 was the most deadly act of anti-Semitic violence in American history. To mark the second anniversary of the massacre, three distinguished journalists came together on October 22, 2020 to discuss how journalists covered the event and its aftermath, and the effects of trauma on one community. The conversation was moderated by Jane Eisner, Director of Academic Affairs of the Columbia Journalism School. 


  • Beth Kissileff, co-editor of the new anthology "Bound in the Bond of Life: Pittsburgh Writers Reflect on the Tree of Life Tragedy"
  • Peter Smith, religion editor, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Mark Oppenheimer, whose book "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood" will be published next summer

Full video recording:

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