Pittsburgh Steelers donate $70,000 to Jewish community

“Our hearts remain heavy, but we are thankful to everyone who was able to contribute to the efforts to provide emotional and financial support during an unthinkable time in our city.”

December 31, 2018 12:34
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Ben Roethlisberger

A detailed view of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's cleats during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, November 2018. (photo credit: TOMMY GILLIGAN-USA TODAY SPORTS)


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The Pittsburgh Steelers handed a check for $70,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Fund for Victims of Terror on Sunday.

The money was raised by the team and its partners from the sale of merchandise branded with the “Stronger Than Hate” logo. The logo, which was created by Tim Hindes after the antisemitic massacre of 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh in late October, modified the Steelers’ emblem to include a Star of David and the message “Stronger Than Hate.”

In early November, the team partnered with the Underground Printing company to sell shirts with the logo, with all the proceeds benefiting the Jewish Federation.

“On behalf of Tim Hindes, the folks at Underground Printing and the Steelers, we are pleased to present the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh a check to help support the families involved in the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue,” said Art Rooney, president of the Steelers, upon presenting the check. “Our community unified to help the victims of the attack on our neighbors, friends and worshipers in Squirrel Hill. Our hearts remain heavy, but we are thankful to everyone who was able to contribute to the efforts to provide emotional and financial support during an unthinkable time in our city.”

Meryl Ainsman, the chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, was present to accept the funds from the team.

“On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, I want to thank the Pittsburgh Steelers for their very generous contribution to the Victims of Terror Fund,” said Ainsman. “The Steelers’ support, and the support of the entire Pittsburgh community, has brought great comfort to those affected by this terrible tragedy. Together, we are all “Stronger Than Hate.”

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