Even as we grieve and mourn, we must increase exponentially our acts of goodness and kindness.
This Shabbat, let us proudly stand in solidarity with Poway and proudly affirm our Jewishness!
· Saturday, May 4, fill the synagogue with unity and prayer. Services at 10 am followed by Kiddush lunch at 12:30.
· A new women’s Torah & Tea series on Pirkei Avot has been launched in memory of Lori Gilbert Kaye. Classes will take place from 8-9pm at the Labkowski home, on six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning tonight. Please consider this a personal invitation to attend.
In the words of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, of Chabad of Poway, “we are strong. We are united. They can’t break us. Am Yisrael Chai!”
3:21pm: Press conference at Synagogue.
1:30pm: Chabad org interviews Rabbi Israel Goldstein from his hospital bed. Watch it here.
Rabbi Goldstein speaks after his eight hour surgery and losing one of his fingers from the gunman’s shooting yesterday at the synagogue which he leads: click here
To make a donation on upgrading Chabad of Oakland Security click here.
Statement from Chabad
“Stop the dangerous downward spiral of anti-Semitism”
Upon the close of the Sabbath and Passover holiday in New York, we learned of the shooting at Chabad of Poway, near San Diego. The murder of an innocent woman and the wounding of several others who were celebrating their faith in the synagogue, on the terra firma of our freedom-loving country, is appalling and heartbreaking.
We extend heartfelt sympathy to the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye upon their terrible loss. We mourn with you in your time of grief.
Our prayers for a speedy recovery to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and the others who were viciously injured by the shooter.
We are grateful for the heroic efforts by individuals in the synagogue blocking the shooter from inflicting further injury and preventing greater loss of life.
We are thankful to the California Highway Patrol in San Diego for their quick response in apprehending the shooter.
Chabad-Lubavitch is an integral component of Jewish communities in every one of the states, in hundreds of communities nationwide and in Jewish communities throughout the world. Our regional representatives are very concerned for the safety of every Chabad House/Center, and we are grateful for all the support by city and state agencies who work closely with them toward enhanced security measures.
Anti-Jewish violence in the United States has now risen to a level that cannot be ignored or dismissed. We appeal to members of government on the local, state and federal level, media agencies, school teachers, college professors and university leaders to lead responsibly and take the initiative to uproot the destructive scourge that threatens the core values of this country.
Let us remember that while primitive hatred against Jews was allowed to fester in many other countries, ultimately to the detriment of all their citizens, America’s values of tolerance and loving kindness, and its commitment to law and order have been its greatest assets.