On October 27, 2018, a gunman armed with an assault rifle and several handguns, entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and opened fire. Described as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the U.S., at least 11 congregants were killed and four police officers and two others were wounded. It was the deadliest attack on the U.S. Jewish Community in history.
In the wake of this tragedy and beyond, young people have questions about what happened and what they can do. Below are curriculum and other education resources to support this discussion in your classroom and home. These discussions can be a time to not only talk about this particular tragedy. They can also be a chance to discuss what we can do in the face of hate and injustice in general and what actions we can take to promote an equitable and inclusive society.
Anti-Semitism in the Headlines: Talking about Pittsburgh. Watch here.
- Deadly Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue (high school)
- Anti-Semitic Incidents: Being an Ally, Advocate and Activist (middle and high school)
- Challenging Anti-Semitism (multi-grade unit)
- Swastikas and Other Hate Symbols (high school)
- The Alt Right and White Supremacy (high school)
Educator and Parent/Family Discussions
- Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate: Tools, tips and strategies for what educators and family members can do to help young people discuss and deal with the aftermath of hate-inspired events. (In English and Spanish)
- Shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue: Table Talk about the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the context of anti-Semitism.
- Gun Violence and Mass Shootings: Table Talk about mass shootings, violence, guns and gun laws.
Tools and Strategies
- Pyramid of Hate (In English and Spanish)
- 5 Tips for Talking with Children about the Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue: Tips for talking with young people about this incident.
- Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories About Bias and Injustice: Strategies and resources for talking with students about important stories in the news about bias and injustice.
- A Brief History on Anti-Semitism: Includes its worldwide persistence and contemporary manifestations in society today.
- The Week in Hate and Bias and How to Talk with Young People: Discussion about bias-based violent incidents and how to talk with young people.