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.

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