Black and white photograph showing the original section of the Tree of Life synagogue located at the corner of Wilkins Avenue and Shady Avenue in Squirrel Hill.
Tree of Life Congregation was founded in 1864, making it the second oldest Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania and the oldest affiliated with Conservative Judaism. After occupying synagogues in downtown Pittsburgh and the Oakland neighborhood of the city, the congregation relocated to the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The congregation broke ground on the initial section of its new Squirrel Hill synagogue in 1947 and dedicated the building in 1952. The congregation subsequently expanded the building through additions in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s.
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