How Locals Can Help Following Jersey City’s Tragic Week

Jersey City Shooting Vitims Donation Campaigns
A vigil was held last night in memory of the victims. Photo by Councilman James Solomon via Instagram.

By now, many of our readers are aware of the heartbreaking incident that took place in Greenville on Tuesday afternoon. Our hearts go out to those most impacted by the attack, which focused on the JC Kosher Supermarket at 233 Martin Luther King Drive.

The Jersey City POBA has set up GoFundMe in support of the family of Det. Seals, who was a married father of five. Seals led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets during his 15 years as detective.

Memorial Fund for Detective Joseph Seals

Another GoFundMe is collecting donations to support the family of Douglas Rodriguez, an Ecuadorian immigrant who was working in the market at the time of the attack.

“Rodriguez, known to his family and friends as Miguel, was a commercial engineer in his native Ecuador. He moved to the United States about four years ago after he was laid off from his job at an insurance company and he couldn’t find another job, hoping to build a better life for his wife and young daughter,” CNN reported.

Memorial Fund for Douglas Rodriguez

The JC Kosher Supermarket is owned by Leah Minda Ferencz and her husband, Moshe Dovid. Ms. Ferencz was killed in the attack.

“We want to make sure that the three young Ferencz orphans have whatever they need in the days, weeks and months ahead,” said Rabbi Moshe Schapiro, who co-directs Chabad of Hoboken and Jersey City.

Schapiro told, “the family’s source of income, the small grocery store, is completely devastated. This family needs a lot of help now.”

Memorial Fund for The Ferencz Family

Porta at 135 Newark Avenue will be hosting a Pizza Party for Peace that will run through Sunday. The restaurant will be serving free Margherita pizzas all day and night while encouraging donations, 100% of which will benefit the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement. They are open until 3 a.m. this Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday.

Local beer brewers Departed Soles announced earlier this week that they will donate 10% of all packaged goods they sell through this Sunday to funds that are set up for the shooting’s victims. The brewery, located at 150 Bay Street, is open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday hours from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition, the brewery announced a modification to where the proceeds of their upcoming beer will be donated. A portion of the profits from Departed Soles upcoming NJ SkateHops beer was planned for and will still be going towards the upcoming Tony Hawk Foundation’s skate park at Berry Lane, but the remaining proceeds will now be donated to funds focusing on Detective Joseph Seal’s children. The beer is set for release on January 10.

Temple Beth-El on Kennedy Boulevard held a community solidarity vigil on Wednesday and there will be another event tonight to remember the attack’s victims and honor the survivors. A coalition of organizations including Moms Demand Action, Hudson Partnership Care Management Organization, and the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement are holding a candlelight vigil that will begin at 4:30 p.m. at 1 Jackson Square. All are welcome to attend.

Editor’s note: This list is not exclusive. If you know of other events or campaigns please reach out so we can include them. 


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