Pa. awards $5M to help houses of worship, others protect against hate crimes

BY: - March 11, 2020

The grants are designed to prevent attacks such as the one that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.


Tree of Life First Anniversary: Our leaders had a chance to make a statement on gun violence. They missed it | Opinion

BY: - October 27, 2019

You might think that given the timing of this session week, some attention would have been paid to Pennsylvania's gun violence problem. You would be wrong

‘We can’t ignore signs of hate’: One year later, Pittsburgh still healing from Tree of Life shooting

BY: and - October 27, 2019

One year ago, on Oct. 27, 2018, a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue during Shabbat services and murdered 11 people.


Tree of Life first anniversary: How to teach tough topics to our kids | Opinion

BY: - October 27, 2019

Our schools have an opportunity—and, many say, an obligation—to instill students with the knowledge and skills to develop empathy and wash away hate.

‘I think it’s baby steps’: One year after the Tree of Life massacre, Squirrel Hill’s state rep. says stronger gun laws are inevitable

BY: - October 25, 2019

Rep. Dan Frankel has represented Pittsburgh's center of Jewish life in the state House for 20 years.


Not banning weapons of war? That’s an assault on common sense | John L. Micek

BY: - August 15, 2019

The United States banned these weapons for a decade, from 1994 to 2013. We need a new ban. And we need it now.


‘We cannot ignore the threads’ that connect acts of hate, Holocaust survivors, supporters say at Capitol ceremony

BY: - May 1, 2019

Wednesday's remembrance ceremony in the ornate reception room outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's office in the Capitol was the 35th annual observance.


Poway Synagogue Shooting: How safe is your house of worship? | Analysis

BY: - May 1, 2019

A national survey of over 1,300 congregations found that, like the synagogue in San Diego, most synagogues, churches, and mosques don't have security guards. Religious leaders struggle to balance security concerns with carrying out a mission to be open to the communities they serve.

‘We will have to take on their shares’: Pennsylvania General Assembly remembers 11 victims of Tree of Life synagogue massacre

BY: - April 10, 2019

"I am overwhelmed at the unified show of support," said Rep. Dan Frankel, a Democrat who represents the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the synagogue is located.


Pennsylvania is stronger than hate. But there’s so much work left to be done | John L. Micek

BY: - April 10, 2019

A journey starts with a first step. Here's hoping it continues. 

In defiance of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh passed its own gun control laws. What happens next?

BY: - April 3, 2019

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to three gun control bills introduced following the October massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.

What’s stopping municipal gun control laws across Pennsylvania? Costly lawsuits, for starters

BY: and - February 17, 2019

As the state Legislature stalls on gun control, there seems to be no shortage of local officials who want to pass gun control laws at the municipal level.