Chabad of Poway Synagogue Attack

September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows stands in solidarity
with the community, family and friends affected by the shooting at the
Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Saturday, April 28, 2019. This attack is
particularly heinous as the shooter targeted Jews at a temple on the last day
of Passover who were present to say prayers for the dead, and within days of
the 68 th observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Congregant Lori Kaye
died while heroically shielding Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from the shooter. It
is tragic that places considered to be sacred, peaceful places of refuge must
instead focus on increased security and safety; how sad for everyone. We
remember at this time the words of Ann Frank, whose life was taken during
the Holocaust.

“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. “

Let us also remember the words of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, from Chabad of
Poway:

“I pray for healing during this time of pain and grief, and ask that we all do
something to add more light to combat this evil darkness, through acts of
compassion and loving-kindness.”

Many continue to stand strong and together with all who have suffered and
are suffering from worldwide attacks on religious communities.

“New Zealand mourns with you…The believers in their mutual kindness,
compassion, and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the
body suffers, the whole body feels pain.” New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern quoting from Prophet Muhammad speaking of
Christchurch Mosque attack

“Violence comes in many different forms, but hate has the same DNA
wherever you see it: whether in the form of ISIS, white supremacy, or
genocide, it is the belief that another group is an existential threat to you
and your community that often justifies the most unspeakable acts of
violence and brutality,” Abbas Barzegar, director of research and
advocacy for CAIR

And again, quoting Ann Frank, something to think about as we wake up
tomorrow to a new day

“I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery, and
death, I think…Peace and tranquility will return again. “

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