By Macie Gelb
The #HeartsTogether display is a digital catalog of all the art submissions sent to Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA in the wake of the October, 2018 mass shooting that took place there. This exhibit is part of the outpouring of support sent to Pittsburgh and the Jewish community affected by the attack.
An interesting aspect of this display is the fact that an overwhelming number of submissions come from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a community that also experienced a mass shooting in 2018.
The main theme of the submissions are love, a complex emotion and part of life that is often studied and discussed in religious discourse, and often considered to be a religious phenomenon in and of itself. It can clearly be seen that love and religion are intertwined across religions and denominations. Submissions to a project such as #HeartsTogether require a certain level of love from the sender, even before the fact that many of the art pieces center around religious themes is considered. Love is holy and this project depicts an outpouring of love, making it transitively holy as well.
Featured Art and Artists
From top to bottom
“Buttery Tree” by Ava B., Cadence M., Sara S., Eva S. & Grace S., 14, J.E. Harrison Middle School (Pittsburgh, PA)
Leah A, Melina C, 13, Westglades Middle School (Parkland, FL)
“Together” by Caden Y., 18, Columbine High School (Littleton, CO)
“Hope” by Nicholas H., 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL)
Kindergarten, Community Day School (Pittsburgh, PA)
“#HeartsTogether: The Art of Rebuilding.” Tree of Life Or L’Simcha. https://www.tolols.org/heartstogether
Goldstein, Andrew. “Art from youth across nation brings light back to Tree of Life synagogue complex.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 12, 2019. https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/09/12/Tree-of-life-synagogue-shooting-art-hearts-together-project-squirrel-hill-rabbi-jeffrey-meyers/stories/201909120204
How to Cite
MLA: Gelb, Marcie. “#HeartsTogether Tree of Life Exhibit.” ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh, December 2019, https://religyinz.pitt.edu/heartstogether-tree-of-life-exhibit/.
APA: Gelb, Marcie. (2019 December). #HeartsTogehter Tree of Life Exhibit. ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh. https://religyinz.pitt.edu/heartstogether-tree-of-life-exhibit/.
Chicago: Gelb, Marcie. “#HeartsTogether Tree of Life Exhibit.” ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh, December 2019. https://religyinz.pitt.edu/heartstogether-tree-of-life-exhibit/.