Tree of Life—Pittsburgh’s synagogue that, you may recall, was attacked last autumn by a white supremacist. The synagogue put out a call for “hearts together” art as part of a beautification project. Amid all the many submissions from schools across the country and the world, there was a one submission from a synagogue and one submission from a church. The RE program of the Allegheny UU Church decided to participate and their submission was selected to be included in the display. Their submission was the only one to come from a church.
#HeartsTogether: The Art of Rebuilding is a neighborhood beautification project and a way for our congregations —Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash—to say thank you to those who showed us so much love and support in the aftermath of the October 27, 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue building. In transforming the site of the tragedy into one of beauty, the congregations intend to project outward the strength and positivity that the neighborhood, the city and the world shared with us during our darkest days. These healing and uplifting works of art are meant to reflect and honor the loving, joyful lives of our eleven victims and bring light back to the corner of Wilkins and Shady avenue.
The synagogue has created a webpage that shows all the artwork shared.