From Pittsburgh to Christchurch: Interfaith Solidarity Strengthens in the Face of Tragedy

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3.20.19

From Pittsburgh to Christchurch: Interfaith Solidarity Strengthens in the Face of Tragedy

The support between two communities separated by thousands of miles of land and ocean is a testament to the bonds that bring us together despite differences of faith or nationality.

 

In October 2018, after the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that left 11 people dead and six people injured, the city's Muslim community supported the Jewish community and raised more than $240,000 for the synagogue. 

When the devastating shooting occurred at a mosque in New Zealand in 2019, the Jewish community of Pittsburgh mobilized, determined to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in Christchurch. (UPDATED: Ultimately, 4,000-plus donations from across the globe totaling more than $650,000 were made through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's New Zealand Islamophobic Attack Fund, with 100 percent of the donations dedicated to the victims and the mosque.)

GRoW founder Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, through his philanthropic initiative, had made a donation to Tree of Life Congregation last year, and, with an equal contribution, he is supporting the mosque and community in Christchurch. 

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