Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack Took Place In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The mass shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend took place in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where Fred Rogers lived while making his children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Rogers grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and moved to Squirrel Hill when he got married. He enjoyed the community’s diversity, says Roberta Schomburg, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center, and learned Hebrew while living there.

“He loved walking down the streets and noticing the trees and the various temples and synagogues and churches that all made him feel at home, the bakeries, the delicatessens,” Schomburg tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson. “He often commented that he could hear Yiddish and Hebrew and a dozen other languages spoken as he walked down the street.”

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