A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Tacoma
6:30 PM, Wednesday, January 24, 2024 PST
Location: Tacoma - CSL (click for map)

Meaningful Movies Tacoma/Gig Harbor presents a screening of  ‘a Tree of Life’,  a heartfelt event commemorating the tragic Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, followed by a community conversation. We gather to honor the victims, stand against hate, and promote unity.  Register your spot for the in-person AND virtual screening here.


The Film

On October 27th, 2018, a gunman opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing eleven people as they prayed, in what would become the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting is a deeply personal portrait of the survivors, victims, and family members, who share their harrowing first-hand accounts of the impact of the shooting on the community.

The film is rooted in a community in the aftermath of a violent attack, as they work to rebuild and heal. Despite core differences, they come together to determine what justice looks like and how to move forward best while honoring and learning from the past. The film sheds light on the collective trauma suffered by a tight-knit group and brings into sharp focus the hate-based rhetoric that surrounds many of the mass shootings today, threatening the fabric of our society.


The Speaker: Rabbi Keren Gorbon – Tacoma Tempel Beth El

Rabbi Keren Gorban joined Temple Beth El in July 2022, after serving as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh for seven years. Rabbi Gorban brings more than a decade of experience leading Shabbat and holiday services, officiating at lifecycle events, and educational leadership for both youth and adults. She is deeply committed to ensuring that Jewish communities are inclusive and welcoming, with a particular focus in recent years on LGBTQ+ and disabilities inclusion.

Rabbi Gorban earned her B.A. with High Honors in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University, focusing on the intersection between health and religion. She received her M.A. in Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and earned an award for Excellence in Bible for her work on Psalm 77. She was also one of the leaders of an annual interfaith retreat for students of six Los Angeles area seminaries. In 2018, she completed an M.A. in Religious Education at Hebrew Union College in New York, focusing on the dynamic tension between love and literacy in Jewish education. That same year, she was invited to participate in Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program as part of Pittsburgh’s inaugural cohort of ten up-and-coming leaders.


🎟️ How to Join:

RSVP: Reserve your spot for the in-person AND virtual screening here.

Join virtually here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88334767873?pwd=V0DpY1jzmpHcX4jtPJbdwCJ3Z3CTM9.1

Spread Awareness: Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to participate in the learning and conversation by sharing the event details.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cost: Screenings are free; We gratefully accept donations to help offset the costs of presenting the films and guest speakers at our meaningful events.

Special Guests: TBD

Release Year: 2022

Running Time: 1h 20m

Director: Trish Adlesic

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