Repair the World’s Board, staff and fellows are heartbroken by this weekend’s tragedy in Pittsburgh. We lift the victims from Tree of Life, New Light, and Dor Hadash, and their loved ones, and the entire Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh community in our thoughts and hearts.
We are deeply committed to offering support and to bring healing to the twelve full time staff and Fellows of Repair the World Pittsburgh who struggle daily to bring equity and social change through partnerships across the great city. We wish them and their partners strength, resilience and healing.
We know that Pittsburgh is a city full of people who love deeply, who serve each other meaningfully, and who fight to make the world a better place–and we will continue to be with them each step of the way.
In times of hatred, we find strength and solace in each other and in community. We believe that service is a powerful tool to strengthen our communities and our resolve toward building a better more peaceful world.
– David Eisner, President & CEO, Repair the World, October 28, 2018
Resources Available in Pittsburgh:
- Repair the World’s Workshop is open to the community from 9am-5pm everyday. We are here. We see you. We feel the pain and brokenness. We are community.
- A Family Assistance Center has been established at the Jewish Community Center (5738 Forbes Ave.) to “support the needs of people who were attending the services at the synagogue on Saturday morning and their families throughout the coming week.” Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.
- Free museum admission, free ice cream, free yoga and more
- Together at the Table: a Shabbat dinner discussion and resources guide created by Repair the World and the ADL, in partnership with Be’Chol Lashon, Keshet, and OneTable.
Resources for Kids:
- Talking to Kids about Gun Violence
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Mass Shooting in Pittsburgh
- Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
- Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
- How to Talk to Children About Anti-Semitism
Events in Pittsburgh:
- Blood Drive – the drive is open to the public but appointments are required (William Pitt Building at University of Pittsburgh from 11am – 4:30pm on November 2). Use code PITT when registering.
- Actions You Can Take to Help from The Incline
- Mitzvah 4 Pittsburgh
- Host a dinner or discussion with your community using the Together at the Table discussion and resource guide created by Repair the World and the ADL, in partnership with Be’Chol Lashon, Keshet, and OneTable
A powerful way to use your financial resources to support the families of the victims killed at the Tree of life synagogue and the organizations fight hatred, anti-semitism and for the equity and dignity of all people. You can donate directly to Tree of Life Synagogue here. This page will be continually updated.
To support the families of the victims:
- Verified GoFundMe
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Our Victims of Terror Fund, earmarked for the psychological services, support for families, etc.
- Help Cover Shiva Costs for Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims here
Organizations fighting for equity, against anti-semitism:
- HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), protects and welcomes all refugees
- JFCS Pittsburgh, refugee and immigrant services
Below are links to our local partners in Pittsburgh: organizations that do the work every day of working towards social change. We at Repair the World will not let hatred stop us from pursuing our daily work, built on local partnerships. We will not let fear stop us from continuing to build relationships, listen to one another, and make the world a better place. We will continue to be proudly guided by our Jewish values, text, and traditions to address urgent needs in deep partnership with local communities and organizations. If you would like to continue to support the powerful work of Repair the World Pittsburgh, please support our incredible partner organizations:
- 412 Food Rescue
- Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers Professional Cooperative
- Braddock Free Store
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- Circles of Greater Pittsburgh
- Enright Community Garden
- Garfield Community Farm
- GIFT (Giving it Forward Together)
- Grow Pittsburgh
- Higher Achievement
- Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
- Homewood Children’s Village
- JCC Pittsburgh
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
- JFCS Pittsburgh: Refugee & Immigrant Services
- Just Harvest
- Moishe House Pittsburgh
- PJ Library
- Sankofa Village
- School 2 Career
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