- Eleven people were shot and killed at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27.
- Several police officers were also wounded in the incident.
- There are a wide variety of opportunities to help survivors and the victims’ families.
The deadliest anti-Semitic act of violence in the history of the United States occurred on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Squirrel Hill community of Pittsburgh. A 46-year-old man named Robert Bowers opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 people and wounding four police officers and two other congregants.
Stunned and shocked Americans, regardless of religious affiliation, have sprung to action to help the survivors, the families of the victims, the greater Jewish community and Pittsburgh as a whole. Read on to see the ways that you can take charitable action to help out the survivors and victims’ families.
Donate Money to the Tree of Life Congregation
The day after the shooting, a certified GoFundMe campaign was created to “help the congregation with the physical damages to the building, as well as the survivors and the victims’ families.” As of Tuesday, Oct. 30, the campaign has received nearly 15,000 donations that total over $875,000, approaching the $1 million goal.
You can make a donation in the name of lost congregants and to fund the rebuilding of the synagogue. Make your donation in person at any branch of the First National Bank of Pennsylvania or by mailing in a check. More information about donations can be found on the website.
Donate to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, is an organization guided by Jewish values and history and helps all refugees worldwide. As details of the gunman’s life are investigated, law enforcement officials reported that Bowers targeted HIAS during his anti-Semitic social media rants and accused the organization of helping Central American migrants cross over the U.S. border. HIAS is accepting donations and support via a number of avenues.
Donate Money to the Wounded Officers
The Injured Officers’ Fund has been established by the Federal Order of Police at the Pittsburgh Police Credit Union. Donations for officers are accepted through checks and in person.
People in the Pittsburgh area, especially people with O-positive and O-negative blood types, have been asked by Pittsburgh officials to step forward and donate blood and platelets. Appointments with Vitalant, a Pittsburgh-area non-profit blood donation center, can be made directly on the group’s Facebook page.
Attend a Vigil
Local organizations, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, are hosting vigils across the U.S. to both mourn the victims and confront anti-Semitism. Show solidarity and look up vigils in your area.
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