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Tree Of Life Congregations Look To Support Victims Of New Zealand Mosque Shootings

March 18, 2019 - 5:43 am

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Over the weekend, members of the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation started a GoFundMe campaign to support the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, N.Z.

Currently, the fundraising goal is $100,000.

If you want to make a donation, you can do so here.

They say the fund is intended to promote recovery within the Muslim community impacted, and "show that love is stronger than hate... Tree of Life members recall in particular the immediate, overwhelming support they received from their Muslim brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh."

The three congreagations housed in the Tree of Life Synagogue also released this statement following the attacks in New Zealand: 

"The members of Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light congregations in Pittsburgh are profoundly saddened by the horrific shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. After the Oct. 27, 2018 attack on our synagogue that killed 11 people in our congregations, we grieve with our fellow sons and daughters of Abraham on the senseless loss of life due to senseless hatred, which is an abomination in a civilized society. We stand beside our Muslim brothers and sisters and mourn alongside the families and friends who have lost loved ones in this unconscionable act of violence. We will continue to work towards a day when all people on this planet can live together in peace and mutual respect."

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is also taking up a collection for the Christchurch victims. Donate to that fund here

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