Tom Hanks, Billy Porter join campaign from Tree of Life that aims to mark a new beginning

Tom Hanks, Billy Porter join campaign from Tree of Life that aims to mark a new beginning

PITTSBURGH — An upcoming campaign titled REMEMBER. REBUILD. RENEW. from the Tree of Life Congregation will see actors Tom Hanks and Billy Porter as well as Gov. Tom Wolf and Joanne Rogers, wife of the late Fred Rogers, serving as honorary cabinet members. The campaign aims to mark the new beginning for the Squirrel Hill congregation following the Oct. 27, 2018 anti-semitic attack that killed 11 people, the worst in U.S. history.

“The Jewish community of Pittsburgh has been present for me and my family for decades,” Porter said in a release. “They took care of me in my early years. They took care of my mom in my absence, as I pursued my career. My love for this community is unwavering. I look forward to showing the world what real love looks like!”

The campaign will be chaired by Drs. Ellen Stewart and Jeffrey Cohen as well as by Linda and Jeffrey Solomon. Cohen previously served as the head of Allegheny General Hospital. Jeffrey Solomon serves as the chairman and CEO of Cowen Inc., a multinational, independent investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York. The Cohen and the Solomon families have extensive ties to Pittsburgh and the Tree of Life Congregation.

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