Three years after the Squirrel Hill shooting, how has the community changed?

Residents of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, gathered in support of the local Jewish community in the aftermath of a shooting that killed 11 people in October 2018. (Photo by Mark Dixon/Flickr Creative Commons)

This coming week marks the third anniversary of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 people from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community lost their lives. Mark Oppenheimer, host of the popular Jewish podcast Unorthodox, has written a book on the event, its precursors in the community and the aftermath of the tragedy. He joins today to discuss his book, Jewish podcasting and the difference between Canadian and American Jews.

Plus: The Bonjour Chai team welcomes our new third host. Hear David Sklar introduce himself to you, our loyal listeners.

What we talked about:

  • Read an excerpt from Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood at
  • Read “I Grew Up in Toronto, but You Can’t Tell From My Accent” on


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Ilana Zackon and David Sklar. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andrew Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Find more great Jewish podcasts at