After a Florida mosque burned down in an arson attack, Jewish people have launched and supported an online fundraiser to help rebuild it.
No one was injured in the 2am attack back in February of this year, but the building was damage due to arson.
The campaign to help restore the mosque, created by Adeel Karim, raised an impressive $78,000 - well over the $40,000 goal set by the Islamic Society of New Tampa.
The Launch Good page states:
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.
Karim also posted on Facebook at the time, when he realised people were donating wierd amounts to the crowdfunder.
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