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Posted: 2018-10-29 16:41:46

Organizations of every ilk are coming out in support of Jewish communities and charities after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

Eleven people were killed and six people were injured during services at the Tree of Life synagogue, located in the Squirrel Hill section of the city.

The suspect, Robert Gregory Bowers, 46, was scheduled to appear in court today to face numerous counts, ranging from criminal homicide and aggravated assault to ethnic intimidation. Bowers apparently had a history of posting on social networks, attacking the resettlement nonprofit HIAS in particular.

“There are no words to express how devastated we are by the events in Pittsburgh this morning. This loss is our loss, and our thoughts are with Tree of Life Congregation, our local partner Jewish Family and Community Services (JCFS) of Pittsburgh, the city of Pittsburgh and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. As we try to process this horrifying tragedy, we pray that the American Jewish community and the country can find healing,” HIAS officials said via a statement.

HIAS was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe and originally was called the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Starting in the 2000s, HIAS expanded its work to include assistance to non-Jewish refugees, including those from conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Iran, and Tunisia, among others.

The organization reported $45.2 million in total revenue on its federal Form 990 with a net assets or fund balance of $45.9 million for Fiscal 2016, the last data publicly available. In the financial statement on its website, it was reported that organization had total assets of $67.2 million at the end of fiscal year 2016.

HIAS is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies partnering with the United States government to resettle refugees through the U.S. refugee admissions program. The organization partners with Jewish Family Services and other social

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