(JTA) — Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, has pledged millions to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to support anti-hate programs in Europe and the United States.
Sandberg announced the gift on Oct. 16 in a post — where else? — though she did not specify the amount. An ADL statement released minutes later revealed the amount.
In her post, Sandberg said she was making the contribution in honor of her parents’ 75th birthday and had been inspired to support the ADL specifically following the shooting last week outside a synagogue in Germany.
“A week ago, on Yom Kippur – the holiest day of the Jewish year – I was sitting in synagogue, thinking about how, earlier that day, a gunman showed up at a synagogue in Germany, hoping to kill as many Jews as he could,” Sandberg wrote. “He knew the temple would be full because of the holiday. In the end, a locked door kept him out, but he still managed to kill two people outside. Sitting in temple that day, I knew what my parents’ birthday present should be.”