Synagogue attack shatters safety of longtime Jewish enclave
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Squirrel Hill neighborhood has been the spiritual heart of Judaism in Pittsburgh, a city known for its Jewish population. And the Tree of Life synagogue has long been a cornerstone of the community.
Residents say they felt fortune to live in a place that seemed open, accepting and secure.
But that sense of safety was shattered Saturday, when a gunman opened fire at the temple and killed 11 people. It was the type of violence that seemed impossible to many people who call the area home.
Jules Stein, a lifelong Squirrel Hill resident who once belonged to Tree of Life, says the violence changed everything.
Tanya Cohen also lives near Tree of Life. She says she always knew anti-Semitism existed, but never thought it would strike so close.