Jewish Family and Community Services offers counseling in response to shooting
Jewish Family and Community Services is offering counseling services to injured and bereaved families, community members, schools and agencies across the city.
A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday to provide further details about its response to the Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting.
“We will have a statement about our resettlement programs, and their relevance to the tragedy,” said spokeswoman Iris Valanti. “Experts in refugee resettlement and immigration will be available to answer questions.”
The Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the greater Pittsburgh region. It was founded in 1939 to help Jews fleeing the pogroms of Europe.
In attendance will be Jordan Golin, president and CEO of Jewish Family and Community Services, Leslie Aizenman, director of Jewish Family and Community Services’ refugee and immigrant services and Jamie Englert, director of Jewish Family and Community Services immigration legal services.
“We are devastated by the attack on our friends and neighbors at Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadash, and New Light,” Golin said in a news release. “The loss to our community is incalculable. Our hearts and prayers are with the congregations and all those affected by this senseless violence. We pray for the wounded and their families and friends who lost their lives.”