The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh has raised more than $40,000 to support the victims of last week's mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and their families.
“We feel compelled to come to the aid of those communities, just as our Jewish community was so compassionately supported only a few short months ago by people around the world of many faiths,” the synagogue wrote on its GoFundMe page set up on Saturday. “We recall with love the immediate, overwhelming support Tree of Life received from our Muslim brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh.”
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The funds will be transferred to an organization authorized to provide support to the Christchurch families and community, according to the synagogue. Until then, the money will be held by the Direct Impact Fund.
Fifty Muslim worshipers were killed and at least 20 injured following shootings at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques on Friday.
“To the families going through the most difficult moments in your lives: the Jewish community of Pittsburgh is with you. Our hearts are with you. We hold you in our prayers,” the synagogue wrote.