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Tree of Life rebuilding plans proceed

The congregation has hired fundraising and programming services consultants to help implement a plan for the space on Shady and Wilkins Avenues

The Tree of Life building days after the attack. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)
The Tree of Life building days after the attack. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)

Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation has announced plans to move forward with the renovation of its building on the corner of Shady and Wilkins Avenues.

In a letter to its members, TOL*OLS’s president, Carol Sikov Gross, wrote that the congregation has hired a capital campaign consultant, Lipton Strategies, as well as a programming services consultant, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, to help create and implement a plan for the building on the site where three congregations were attacked by an anti-Semite on Oct. 27, 2018.

“The capital campaign will secure funding for building renovations, programming and operations, endowment and sustainability, and educational programming and community outreach,” according to Gross’s letter.

A fundraising campaign is scheduled to begin with a “silent phase” this fall with the solicitation of “initial major donor engagements.” A public phase of the campaign is slated to kick off in early 2021.

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative will lead the congregation through a “three-month programming services review,” the letter said, in which TOL*OLS leadership will gather information from stakeholders to determine how space should be used in the renovated building.

Read the full story in next week’s Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. PJC
Toby Tabachnick

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