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As we enter the Nine Days, the darkest days of the year for Klal Yisrael, we mourn the brutal murders of five Israelis, most of them in their twenties, and the violence done to over 20 others, in the Bulgarian resort city of Burgas. Their only intent was to find rest and relaxation; they sought to harm no one. They were attacked only because they were Israeli Jews, and Jews everywhere feel the pain.

We cannot adequately express the sorrow and helplessness that consume the Jewish community at a time like this. Try as we might to cope with our collective rage, our mandate in the wake of such incomprehensible tragedies must be to rally to the care of the innocent victims. Even as we demand justice from an unheeding world, we beseech our brothers and sisters to join us in expressing solidarity and support for the innocent victims by contributing to the OU’s Victims of Terrorism Fund, organized in cooperation with the Jewish Federations of North America.

The Jewish community is forever committed to care for its own and the time will yet come when the sorrow and mourning we share will be transformed into gladness and light.

May the families of the victims and all Israel be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May the wounded experience a refu’ah shlemah min ha-shamayim, God’s blessing of a speedy and complete recovery.

Dr. Simcha Katz

Rabbi Steven Burg
Managing Director

Rabbi Steven Weil
Executive Vice President

The OU’s Victims of Terrorism Fund was established in 2011 to provide critical support to children and adults who are the innocent victims of violence and terrorism directed against Israelis. To make an online donation, select a gift amount below and click the “Donate” button.

To make a donation by mail, kindly send a check to the Orthodox Union – Terror Fund, at 11 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004. The check should be made out to the Orthodox Union with “OU Victims of Terrorism Fund” listed on the memo line.