We’re all grief-stricken over the mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh today. Many of us spent the morning in our own synagogues for Shabbat services, unaware of the tragedy unfolding in a similar sacred space. This is an act of hatred and violence that strikes far too close to home.

We offer our prayers to the tight-knit Jewish community of Pittsburgh, as they mourn their loved ones and begin the difficult process of healing. I’ve also spoken with the CEO of the Pittsburgh Federation to express our shock and deepest sympathies and to offer our support, and will let you know what may be needed as the situation evolves.

If any member of our UJA family has been personally affected by this tragedy, our hearts are with you and we will support you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help.

We pray for the swift recovery of the injured and the emotional healing of a devastated community. We pray, too, for the end of bigotry, hatred, gun violence and mass murder. May the memories of those who died today be for a blessing.