(RNS) — The Jewish congregation that once gathered in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood is inching forward with a plan to repurpose its building, two years after an attacker shot and killed 11 Jews in an anti-Semitic rampage.
On Wednesday (Nov. 18), the congregation named a raft of celebrities who have signed on to a fundraising campaign to rebuild at the corner of Wilkins and Shady Avenues. The existing building, the site of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history, has stood empty since the attack.
The honorary fundraising team includes actors Tom Hanks and Billy Porter, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Joanne Rogers, the widow of “Mister” (Fred) Rogers, a longtime Pittsburgh resident.