Point Park to screen documentary on Tree of Life shooting

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THE LIVES OF THE VICTIMS, FOREVER. >> YOU WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF HOW THIS TURNED OUT AND IT IS REALLY GREAT. REPORTER: NEW LIGHT CONGREGATION CO-PRESIDENT BARBARA CAPLAN TALKS ABOUT THE OPENING OF THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT THE NEW LIGHT CEMETERY IN SHALER TO HONOR THE MEMORIAL OF RICHARD GOTFRIED, DANIEL STEIN AND MELVIN WAX. >> YOU WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF HOW IT TURNED UP AND I’M SURE OUR FRIEND MELVIN WOULD FIND THE TIME TO TELL US A JOKE WHILE WE’RE HERE. >> THE NEW CHAPEL, WITH INVOLVED STAINED GLASS, A MONUMENT AND AN INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA DISPLAY, IS A HOMAGE TO THREE FRIENDS AND LEADERS. >> LIKE MANY OF THE SACRIFICES THAT DAY, RICHARD DAN AND MEL SERVED AS THE RELIGIOUS HEART OF THE NEW LIGHT. REPORTER: CO-PRESIDENT STEPHEN COHEN SAYS THE THREE MEN WERE THE GLUE FOR MANY YEARS, LEADING THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH. HE SAYS NEW LIGHT STILL FIGHTS TO FILL YOUR RUNNING SHOES. >> THIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL IS NEW LIGHT’S THOUGHTFUL PROACTIVE ACTION TO COMMEMORATE, HONOR AND COMMEMORATE THE EVENTS OF OCTOBER 27, 2018 ON HOLY GROUND. REPORTER: THE MEMORIAL CONTAINS A TREE DONATED BY THE 9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY, PART OF THE ONLY TREE THAT SURVIVED THE COLLAPSE OF THE TWIN TOWERS. NEW LIGHT IS FORMING IN PITTSBUH IN THE EARLY 1900S, WHEN JEWS FLEE FROM ROMANIA TO ESCAPE ANTISEMITISM. HOPE HERE PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT THE VICTIMS WHO WERE KILLED FOUR YEARS AGO JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE JEWS. >> THE TRUE LASTING LEGACY FOR RICH DAN AND MEL AND THE 8 OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TWO CONVENTIONS ARE NOT ONLY PHYSICAL MONUMENTS LIKE THIS BUILDING BUT TO ACCEPT THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TEACH FUTURE GENERATIONS ABOUT THE ROOTS OF ANTISEMITISM IN AMERICA. MIKE CLARK: HE SAYS WE CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE BY UNDERSTANDING THE PAST. HE WANTS TO THINK OF OTHER PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE DONATED FOR NEW LIGHT TO MAKE THE CHAPEL AND MEMORIAL POSSIBLE.

‘Repairing the World’: Point Park Screening documentary about the filming of the Tree of Life

Updated: 8:19 p.m. EDT March 16, 2023

The Point Park University Center for Media is hosting a screening of a documentary film based on the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting. Fixing the World: Tales from the Tree of Life focuses on the “inspirational response to the murderous hatred and anti-Semitism of white supremacists” following the shooting. “Pittsburgh has provided a model of what people can do to combat anti-Semitism and hatred,” filmmaker Patrice O’Neill said in a statement from Point Park. “As we watched the events in Pittsburgh, we found a community that cared deeply about one another. We saw a diverse cross-section of the community standing together in the face of horrific violence.” In the October 27, 2018 shooting, 11 Jewish worshipers were killed and others injured, including police officers, at the Tree of Life church building – or L’Simcha in the Squirrel neighborhood Hill in Pittsburgh. Two other congregations, the New Light Congregation and the Congregation Dor Hadash, also held Shabbat services during the attack. Jury selection for the trial of the suspect accused of the shooting began earlier this month. Maggie Feinstein, director of 10/27 Healing Partnership, a co-sponsor of the event, said in Point Park’s statement that her organization is thrilled to welcome O’Neill and the film Not In Our Town back to Pittsburgh. “This film has so much to teach people about the horrifying effects of modern antisemitism in the United States, but also what solidarity and alliance look like,” Feinstein said. “And Patrice has been a great ally, bringing out some of the best voices in our community.” Repairing the World will be available to the public for free on Monday, March 27 from 5:30pm to 8:00am at George Rowland White Theater shown pm

The Point Park University Center for Media is hosting a screening of a documentary film based on the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting.

Fixing the World: Tales from the Tree of Life focuses on the “inspirational response to the murderous hatred and anti-Semitism of white supremacists” following the shooting.

“Pittsburgh has provided a model of what people can do to combat anti-Semitism and hatred,” filmmaker Patrice O’Neill said in a statement from Point Park. “As we watched the events in Pittsburgh, we found a community that cared deeply about one another. We have seen a diverse cross-section of the community stand together in the face of horrific violence.”

The October 27, 2018 shooting killed 11 Jewish worshipers and injured others, including police officers, at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation building in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Two other congregations, the New Light Congregation and the Congregation Dor Hadash, also held Shabbat services during the attack.

The jury selection process began earlier this month for the trial of the suspect accused of the shooting.

Maggie Feinstein, director of the 10/27 Healing Partnership, a co-sponsor of the event, said in Point Park’s statement that her organization is thrilled to welcome O’Neill and the film Not In Our Town back to Pittsburgh.

“This film has so much to teach people about the horrifying effects of modern antisemitism in the United States, but also what solidarity and allies look like,” Feinstein said. “And Patrice has been a great ally, bringing out some of the best voices in our community.”

“Repairing the World” will be shown to the public free of charge on Monday, March 27 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the George Rowland White Theater

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