More than $1.5 million raised for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

November 18, 2018

Fundraisers for the victims and their families of the deadly Squirrel Hill synagogue shooting have eclipsed $1.5 million and continue to climb nearly a week after the massacre.

There are several ways for people to show their support.

The crowdfunding website GoFundMe announced that all money raised by its verified campaign “will directly go” to the Tree of Life Congregation.

The campaign has raised nearly $1.1 million. Its goal was to raise $1 million.

The Tree of Life building was home to three Jewish congregations, Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light.

Money is being raised to help Dor Hadash through a GoFundMe page and at the congregation’s website.

Donations to New Light can be made through a GoFundMe page.

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is encouraging people to donate to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s “Our Victims of Terror Fund” at GiveUnitedWayforJFed.org or by texting JFPGH to 71777. People can also visit www.uwswpa.org.

Nearly $114,000 had been raised. The United Way matched donations up to $100,000. All the donations will go toward psychological services, support for families, additional security throughout the community, medical bills for all those involved, counseling and other services that may be needed.

The Muslim community is raising money through an online campaign at LaunchGood to help with immediate expenses including funeral costs and medical bills. It has raised more than $230,000 has been raised.

Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, said during a vigil Sunday night that an online fundraiser was collecting donations from Muslims for the Tree of Life and the victims’ families.

“We’re not going to stop,” Mohamed said during the vigil, noting the support Muslims in Pittsburgh received from the Jewish community following 9/11 and the presidential election. “We’re just repaying the favor.”

A GoFundMe campaign for injured police officer Tim Matson had raised nearly $68,000. Matson, a Pittsburgh police officer, was one of the first officers to arrive at the synagogue.

Brian McDermott and Nate Meyers have designed Squirrel Hill Strong T-shirts that the pair are selling online to raise money for the New Light Congregation, one of the three that met inside Tree of Life. McDermott lives in Aspinwall but grew up in Squirrel Hill. Daniel Stein, the father of one of his best friends since childhood, was among those killed Saturday.

The shirts are $25.

Ithen Global, an apparel company in Grove City, is selling T-shirts with the Stronger than Hate image on them. Proceeds from each shirt will go toward the synagogue.

Donations to HIAS, a Jewish organization that helps refugees worldwide can be made online. HIAS was a target of hate and vitriol by the man charged with killing 11 at the synagogue.

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