Fund raises $6.3M for Tree of Life synagogue massacre survivors, families

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A fund created in response to October’s mass shooting at the Pittsburgh-area Tree of Life synagogue has raised more than $6 million for shooting survivors, families of victims and three congregations affected by the shooting.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will donate about $5.3 million from the Victims of Terror fund to families of the 11 victims of the shooting in October, as well as survivors, including police officers who were wounded while responding to the attack.

{mosads}The remaining $1 million will be designated for a memorial to the victims as well as future educational efforts related to the attack, now designated as the deadliest anti-Semitic hate crime in American history.

“No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one’s life,” the federation said in a statement to the Post-Gazette. “No amount of money can fully compensate for a life that has been violently knocked off course and suddenly filled with unanticipated and daunting obstacles; and no amount of money can ever completely heal our hearts or our communities.”

Meryl Ainsman, chairwoman of the Jewish Federation’s board of trustees, told the Post-Gazette that $500,000 from the fund would be directed to six police officers injured during the attack.

“In the history of the Jewish people, Jews have often been the targets of acts of anti-Semitism” while being ignored or actively targeted by law enforcement, Ainsman said, according to the Post-Gazette.

“This is a situation where first responders went toward danger,” she added. “It’s a very poignant moment in history when first responders, public servants come to help Jews in their time of need.”

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