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Statement on the Shooting at Shabbat Services in Poway


The Chabad congregation in Poway, California. (Google Street View)

StandWithUs staff and Board members around the world are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at the Chabad Congregation in Poway during Shabbat services on 4/27. The shooter murdered  Lori Gilbert Kaye, and wounded three others. Those injured include the Chabad Rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein. Also injured were 8 year old Noya and her 32 year old uncle, Alon, who were from Sderot, Israel, where they have suffered the long term horrors of constant rocket attacks from Hamas. 


The attack against Jewish worshipers was carried out by John T. Earnest, a 19 year old white supremacist who was clearly motivated by antisemitic hate. This shocking incident comes exactly six months to the day since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are most grateful to law enforcement for apprehending the terrorist before he could hurt others. 


Senseless hate leads to violence, and has impacted the Jewish people for thousands of years. It's time that good people of all faiths get together to find effective ways to stop hate and bigotry. StandWithUs stands in solidarity with Chabad, with San Diego, and with all people of good faith around the world who are alarmed by such barbaric acts of hatred.


Lori was a friend and supporter of StandWithUs and her loss is felt deeply all around the world. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the family of Lori Gilbert Kaye, Z"L, and the innocent victims who were injured today during Shabbat services. 


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