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We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support for our synagogue from our community and people across the country and around the world in the wake of the horrific anti-Semitic attack of October 27, 2018. We will continue to mourn our lost congregants, even as we honor their memories by healing, growing, and strengthening the congregation they loved. We deeply appreciate the many offers of assistance and support of the victims' families and to help rebuild the Tree of Life synagogue. Your support proves that love is truly stronger than hate.
The Tree of Life fund for Victims and Families is closed. You may still to the impacted synagogues or other community agencies.

Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation is a traditional, progressive and egalitarian congregation based in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

We offer a warm and welcoming environment where even the oldest Jewish traditions become relevant to the way our members live today. From engaging services, social events, family-friendly activities and learning opportunities to support in times of illness or sorrow, we match the old with the new to deliver conservative Jewish tradition that’s accessible, warm and progressive.



We marked and will continue to mark October 27 as a day of remembrance on the community calendar, but for the Jewish community specifically, we also observe the Yahrzeit.  The Yahrzeit date is the 18th of Cheshvan, which this year falls on the Shabbat of Saturday November 16. 

On that date, we will also celebrate the 100th birthday of Moe Lebow, with a special Kiddush lunch and a birthday cake as well! 

Also that day, after careful consideration, we will also be holding a special Yizkor service. 

Services will begin at 9:30 AM.

The Heinz History Center is hosting an exhibit through December 27 on the history of Tree of Life, New Light, and Dor Hadash congregations. Using rarely seen materials from the archive, the exhibit focuses on the distinct histories of each congregation. Admission to the exhibit is free.

The #HeartsTogether gallery is now live!

May their memories be for a blessing​

Joyce Fienberg
Yiddis Bultcha bat Aba Menachem

Jerry Rabinowitz
Yehudah Ben Yechezkel

​David Rosenthal
Dovid Ben Eliezer

​Cecil Rosenthal
Chaim Ben Eliezer

​Irving Younger
Yitzchok Chaim ben Menachem

Dan Stein
Daniel Avrom ben Baruch

​Rose Mallinger
Raizel bas Avrohom

​Richard Gottfried
Yosef Ben Hyman

​Bernice Simon
Beila Rochel bas Moshe

​Sylvan Simon
Zalman Shachna Ben Menachem Mendel

​Mel Wax
Moshe Gadol Ben Yosef

Dear Friends:

Words cannot fully express our appreciation for the outpouring of love and support we have received from the first responders who rushed to our aid, the people of Pittsburgh who rallied to our side, and those who reached out from around the globe. We are grateful for the expressions of sympathy for the loss of our beloved congregants, as well as those from New Light Congregation and Congregation Dor Hadash, who shared space with us in the Tree of Life building.

Out of this senseless tragedy comes this truth: There is more good in people than evil. Our heavy hearts have been uplifted by the fact that people of all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities have joined together to demonstrate love in the face of hate, and to rally against the vitriol that fueled this horrendous attack. We not only appreciate the support of allies who were quick to condemn anti-Semitism, we join with them in the fight against all forms of hatred.

Even as we continue to mourn the congregants we lost, we honor their memories by healing, growing and strengthening the congregation they loved. Thank you!


Samuel K. Schachner, PhD
Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha Congregation

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		                                    Jewish Heritage Night		                                </span>
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		                                    Rabbi Myers' Installation Weekend		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Shabbat on the Rocks in the Zittrain Gardens</span>
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		                                    Judah and Joe		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Shabbat on the Rocks in the Zittrain Gardens</span>
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		                                    Hebrew Lessons with Miriam Krieger		                                </span>
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		                                    Congregational BBQ		                                </span>
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		                                    Congregational BBQ		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Congregants participating in the magic show</span>
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		                                    Hamentaschen Baking		                                </span>


Tue, November 19 2019 21 Cheshvan 5780