Jews help Muslims raise funds for arson attacked Mosque.
Flordia’s Jewish community came to the aid of its Muslim counterparts to help raise funds to restore the Islamic Society of New Tampa after it was targetted and damaged in an arson attack back in February.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, a crowdfunding page was set up by Adeel Karim which raised an impressive $70,000 to help the restoration of the Mosque.
The message on the crowdfunding page said,
“Stand with us as we raise money for the mosque and continue to promote interfaith events and dialog with our neighbors. This community has held several events for outreach and the money will double down our efforts to ensure love, empathy, and compassion are instilled. “
What highlighted to Adeel that the Jewish community was also actively donating to help raise funds for the cause were donations that were coming in multiples of 18. On further examination, Adeel came to the realisation that these were being given by local Jews.
“I couldn’t understand why people were donating in what seemed like weird amounts to the cause. There are sums of 18, 36, 72.00 dollars etc. then I figured out after clicking on the names Avi, Cohen, Gold-stein, Rubin, Fisher….
Jews donate in multiples of 18 as a form of what is called “Chai”. It wishes the recipient a long life.
You learn something new every day. The Jewish faith has shown up in force to support our New Tampa Islamic community. I’m floored. #chaidelivered“