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November 2, 2018  RSS feed
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How to support Pittsburgh Jewish community

Jewish Press staff and wires

In the wake of the synagogue attack, an outpouring of support from diverse groups has raised several million dollars.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has received more than $500,000 in online donations. Adding in corporate contributions and large donations from foundations and private individuals, the total is more than $1 million. Part of that money will go toward helping the families of victims, the Federation said. To make a donation, go to

United Airlines has provided free flights to the families of victims, and Giant Eagle, a local supermarket, gave away gift cards to purchase food for the shivas. The accounting firm Deloitte is providing free tax services and estate planning to the families. Muslim groups have raised more than $150,000 to cover funeral costs.

A campaign, started by refugee from Iran, has raised more than $1.1 million for the Tree of Life Synagogue victims. Shay Khatiri, 29, started the online donation drive a day after the murders. Khatiri, who identifies as a Deist, is a political refugee from Iran and currently a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Baltimore. He was inspired to raise money when seeing a Jewish friend’s reaction to the shooting.

Besides the Tree of Life Synagogue Victims Fund, the Go- FundMe website has listed several other related funds including for individuals who died and the law enforcement officers who were wounded during a gun battle with the assailant.

The synagogue also is accepting donations directly, which will go to the victims and help rebuild the synagogue. To find out more, go to

Locally, Lynn’s Catering of Tampa is joining the effort to support the Pittsburgh Jewish community through the sale of a popular dessert, Caramel Heaven, in November or December. The $40 cost will go directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue Families. To order, go to http:// lynn’

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