3 2022

Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life + Special Panel

5:00PM - 6:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre 33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-5400

Contact Mike Witt
(805) 957-1115

Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life documents a community’s response to hate and antisemitism in the aftermath of the assault on three congregations at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. The lives of eleven people were taken on October 27, 2018 in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. As the Jewish community experiences tremendous grief, they face the resurgence of age-old threats that lead to horrific violence.

Together with their neighbors, they meet fear with courage as they confront hate and strengthen the connections they have been building for years. Against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in the country, a traumatized community works to heal as they experience the impact and dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, hate speech, and gun violence.

Through the voices of survivors, family members, diverse Pittsburgh residents, and leaders, the film shows the powerful display of unity in a moment of crisis, the resilience of a vibrant city, and a community working together to understand what it means to be "Stronger than Hate."  

An accompanying civic and educational engagement campaign will provide tools for communities and schools across the country to address the dangers of anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.

Film followed by a special panel with Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Vice President of the Center on Extremism Oren Segal, Filmmaker Patrice O’Neill, and Lorne M. Fienberg, Immigration Attorney and Brother-in-Law of Joyce Fienberg, a Tree of Life victim.