After the Deadly Shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue: Resources for Educators

  • For Educators
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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.

Lesson Plans

Educator and Parent/Family Discussions 

Tools and Strategies


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