2018 Attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA

"On October 27, 2018, eleven people were murdered at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue by a gunman who shouted “All Jews must die” as he opened fire. Clearly antisemitic, the gunman was also motivated by anti-immigrant animus, according to reports of his internet postings." Source: Facing History and Ourselves 


  • What motivated the attacks on the Tree of Life synagogue?

  • How did Americans respond? 

  • To what extent does political rhetoric, whether by our leaders or in the debates we have individually with others, fuel hatred?  

  • What responsibility do leaders and citizens have to appeal to each other’s “better angels” rather than stoking our basest inclinations through stereotypes and resentment?

We will explore these questions through a video, photos, readings, and a class discussion. 


  • Warm Up

  • "Pittsburgh Shooting: The Aftermath" Video and Study Guide

  • “11 Killed in Synagogue Massacre; Suspect Charged With 29 Counts” Reading and Study Guide

  • Final Reflection


New York Times
Pittsburgh Shooting:The Aftermath
Video and Discussion Guide