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Colorado Jewish Community Comes to the Aid of Batman Shooting Victims

100 percent of Donations to Jewish Response Fund Will go to Help Families of Victims

By: News Staff

Published: July 31st, 2012 in News » World

Colorado Jewish Community Comes to the Aid of Batman Shooting Victims
Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has launched the Jewish Response Fund for Victims of the Aurora Movie Theater Tragedy to support and assist the victims and their families.

The Jewish Federations of North America urges Jewish communities to direct donors to the Jewish Response Fund online or send a check, made out to Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado with "Jewish Response Fund” in the memo, to Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, 300 S. Dahlia, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80246.

On July 30th, Colorado prosecutors charged James Holmes with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the shooting rampage at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie.

The Jewish Response Fund grew organically, as a reaction to high interest from the Jewish community for an outlet to help. One hundred percent of all donations to the Jewish Response Fund will go to help the families who lost loved ones, those injured in the shooting, and other needs relating to the tragedy as they arise. There will be no administrative fees taken out of the donations to this fund.

“No other community in this country understands terrorism more than the Jewish community,” said the Federation’s president and CEO Doug Seserman. “While the gunman in Aurora is a terrorist of a different kind than we’ve experience in Israel, don’t be mistaken. This guy is a heinous terrorist who gunned down innocent Coloradans to make some kind of psychotic point. As Jews, we are guided by the principle of tikkun olam, repairing the world. And that’s not just the Jewish world. We are obligated to help in every way we can.”

In addition to the Jewish Response Fund, the Federation encourages members of the Colorado community to donate blood. While it was able to supply enough blood for the victims, Bonfils Blood Center is low on blood supply (especially since donations go down in summer) and needs to replenish. To learn more about donating blood, visit bonfils.org.

“We were there, fundraising for Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, the fires in Israel and we are here to offer support to our neighbors as well,” said Amy Toltz-Miller, the Colorado Federation's Annual Campaign chair.

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