Statement of Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs in Response to the Deadly Shooting at Chabad of Poway

April 27, 2019 – Following the shooting at Chabad of Poway, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:

At the beginning of Passover during Seder Jewish communities all over the world opened their doors hoping to find Elijah announcing a time of redemption with an end to hate and injustice. How tragic to close our festival of freedom with yet another brutal attack reminding us that redemption is not near at hand.

The news of today’s shooting at Chabad of Poway, targeting innocent people during a Passover celebration, breaks our hearts anew.

We remind ourselves of the outpouring of support from people of all faiths and those of no faith following the deadly attacks against Christians at prayer in Sri Lanka, against Muslims in New Zealand, and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. These helpful, hopeful responses teach that love is stronger than hate.

Judaism must always be welcoming of all as we continue to work ceaselessly to ensure the safety and protection of all people.

As the terrible facts of this deadly attack come to light we join all people of conscience in prayers for the victims and their loved ones, and vow to provide strength, solidarity and support for the entire community.


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