Mourners visit the memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [File: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP]

Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a “centre for Jewish life in the United States” and a symbol against hatred.

On Friday, they outlined their vision for the Tree of Life building, where three congregations – Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light – had gathered on October 27, 2018. A gunman opened fire with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons, killing 11 people and wounding seven.

The building in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood has not reopened since the shooting, which is considered

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