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Pittsburgh Synagogue Hit by Deadly Mass Shooting Starts GoFundMe Campaign for New Zealand Muslims

The synagogue lost nearly a dozen of its members after a gunman opened fire in the building last October.

Shooting Synagogue
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What to Know

  • An Australian white supremacist is charged with killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Tree of Life synagogue, the site of a shooting massacre that left 11 worshippers dead, has started a fundraising campaign for the mosques.
  • The synagogue says it was, in part, inspired to help because of the support it received from Muslims in Pittsburgh after its shooting.

The Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a shooting massacre that left 11 worshipers dead has started a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe to support New Zealand's Muslim community.

An Australian white supremacist is charged with killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers.

Tree of Life congregation president Sam Schachner tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that "we're unfortunately part of a club that nobody wants to be part of, and we wanted to reach out to New Zealand in the same way everyone reached out to us."

The synagogue said it recalls "with love the immediate, overwhelming support" it received from Muslims in Pittsburgh.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is also raising funds.

A gunman who expressed hatred of Jews is charged in the Oct. 27 synagogue attack.

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