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Pittsburgh Steelers player gives a Hanukkah gift to Tree of Life synagogue

Zach Banner, offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, offered up a chunk of his paycheck as a donation to the synagogue that was the site of a 2018 massacre.

White supremacist Robert Bowers attacked Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation, killing 11 Jews at prayer, only a few months after Banner signed with the Steelers in 2018.

Banner signed the Tweet as “Hulk,” his nickname on the team. The name is a reference to the alternate identity of the Marvel Comics character who shares his last name, Bruce Banner.

Tree of Life responded with an invitation.


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