In March, the Pittsburgh Federation announced the distribution of funds. Compassion payments totaling $5.3 million will be distributed to those most affected by the tragedy. The largest portions of these funds will be given to the families of the 11 deceased and two people who suffered serious physical wounds. Smaller payments will go to those trapped in the building during this horrific scene, fearing for their own lives and, in some cases, watching relatives and friends being killed. Other, smaller payments will be given to additional people outside of the building. Of note, $500,000 was set aside for injured police officers.
The remaining $950,000 will help the three affected congregations; support reconstruction of the Tree of Life Synagogue building; and provide seed funding to launch a community-wide effort for memorializing, commemorating, and educating.
We are proud to join others who came together to support Pittsburgh, helping a devastated community on the path to rebuild and heal.