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Tom Hanks joins campaign to turn Pittsburgh synagogue into anti-racism center

Actor to help lead fundraising to renovate building where gunman killed 11 worshipers in 2018

Tom Hanks in New York in a December 2019 photo (Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
Tom Hanks in New York in a December 2019 photo (Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

JTA — Actor Tom Hanks and singer Billy Porter have agreed to help lead a fundraising campaign to help turn Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue into an anti-racism center.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Joanne Rogers, wife of the late television show host Fred Rogers, will also be members of a “cabinet” to support the renovation of the Tree of Life building, where a gunman killed 11 Jews in 2018, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said in a statement Wednesday.

“Through this effort and with the support of people of all backgrounds, we will transform a site of hate and tragedy into a site of hope, remembrance and education,” the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle quoted Myers as saying.

The community is raising funds for the project in a campaign titled “Remember. Rebuild. Renew.” Reports did not specify the campaign’s fundraising goal.

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