Oct 26 2021
Made Local with Mark Oppenheimer, Presented by Pit...

Made Local with Mark Oppenheimer, Presented by Pit...

Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at Online/Virtual Space

Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country, known for its tight-knit community and the profusion of multigenerational families. On October 27, 2018, a gunman killed eleven Jews who were worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill–the most deadly anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Many neighborhoods would be understandably subsumed by despair and recrimination after such an event, but not this one. Mark Oppenheimer poignantly shifts the focus away from the criminal and his crime, and instead presents the historic, spirited community at the center of this heartbreak. He speaks with residents and nonresidents, Jews and gentiles, survivors and witnesses, teenagers and seniors, activists and historians.

Together, these stories provide a kaleidoscopic and nuanced account of collective grief, love, support, and revival. But Oppenheimer also details the difficult dialogue and messy confrontations that Squirrel Hill had to face in the process of healing, and that are a necessary part of true growth and understanding in any community. He has reverently captured the vibrancy and caring that still characterize Squirrel Hill, and it is this phenomenal resilience that can provide inspiration to any place burdened with discrimination and hate.

Oppenheimer will be at Riverstone Books in Squirrel Hill for a book signing on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 pm.

Admission Info

This event is free, with registration.

Ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the virtual lecture on Tuesday, October 26.

Email: info@pittsburghlectures.org

Dates & Times

2021/10/26 - 2021/10/26

  • Oct 26, 2021 at 07:30 pm (Tue)

Additional time info:

This pre-recorded event is being presented virtually - please register here. Mark Oppenheimer will also sign copies of his book in person at Riverstone Books in Squirrel Hill (the location of the former Classic Lines book store) on October 26, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Location Info

Online/Virtual Space