Federation Statement - Poway Tragedy

This past Shabbat, six months after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, another act of terrorism, a hate crime, has taken place at Chabad of Poway, California.  Another life has tragically been taken and others are suffering from serious injuries. This is an attack on all people of faiths. The many statements of solidarity and condolence expressed by members of other faith groups are appreciated by the Jewish community. 

As always, we are communicating with local law enforcement and have been assured that there are no threats to any Jewish institutions in Jacksonville. Having said this, we are planning, in cooperation with the JSO and the FBI, to conduct a workshop on security and how to respond in the case of a local emergency for late August.  

The words of Chabad of Poway's Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein are important for all of at this time. He urged, following his surgery, that we "use the tragedy as an opportunity to shine more light and to do good in the world."  He added, "Together, through acts of chesed (loving-kindness) we can show the world that we will not be intimidated and that the Jewish people lives!"
Alan Margolies, Executive Director                    Ken Jacobs, President

Community Solidarity Event

This evening, the Jewish Community on the First Coast will be gathering together in a unified show of support and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Poway. We must stand united in the face of darkness and evil. 

The Community Solidarity Event will take place TONIGHT
Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Chabad of NE Florida Headquarters
10129 Haley Rd.

This event is sponsored by Chabad of Northeast FL: Mandarin/Headquarters, Beaches, Southside, S. Augustine, Clay County & S. Johns


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