B'nai B'rith International has opened its Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, a vicious terrorist attack on April 15 that saw two bombs detonated near the marathon's finish line, killing three and injuring more than 170 people.

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the attack. Though there is no claim of responsibility, the perpetrator or perpetrators clearly aimed to strike large numbers of people.

"The images that came out of Boston this week were harrowing. It's hard to watch the news following this tragedy and not want to reach out to those affected. That's why, once again, B'nai B'rith will be opening its Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of this despicable attack," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. "B'nai B'rith has helped disaster victims since 1865. Each disaster we help with has its own unique challenges. As always, we will carefully evaluate needs and provide assistance to address immediate needs and longer term efforts."

"With the unprecedented nature of this kind of terrorist attack, it's more important than ever that we reach out to help our fellow Americans," B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. "We cannot let those responsible immobilize us. We have to help those in need. We will work with representatives of agencies and our members on the ground in Boston to provide assistance where it is needed."

The B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund assisted those impacted by super storm Sandy in the Northeast last fall and also provided aid to communities affected by the 2012 tornadoes in the American South and Midwest. B'nai B'rith has responded to other manmade disasters, such as the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the September 11 attacks. Internationally, the fund has provided aid to victims of the famine in East Africa, the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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