On behalf of Panim Hadashot, we extend our condolences to the victims of the attack on the Chabad of Poway. They were gathering at shul for the last day of Passover like many of us in our own communities. The attack in Poway was a terrorist attack inspired by anti-antisemitism and a conscious imitation of the acts of the Christchurch terrorist in New Zealand. This is a worrisome development, but also should be a wake up call to our community and our national leaders.
To quote Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL. "People of all faiths should not have to live in fear of going to their house of worship. From Charleston to Pittsburgh to Oak Creek and from Christchurch to Sri Lanka, and now Poway, we need to say "enough is enough."
Let us stand in unity with our community as we send condolences to the members of the Chabad of Poway and pray for a quick recovery of those who were injured. We mourn the death of Lori Kaye who died in the attack.
But let us not be intimidated by hate. Let us be determined to live our lives as Jews free from fear. Panim Hadashot will remain committed to encouraging Shabbat hospitality and will continue to connect people to one another.
We urge our local and national leaders not to diminish the danger posed by these extremists and to take strong action to fight this danger that threatens the Jewish and other minority communities of faith in our country.
If you can, join with Chabad Lubavitch of the Pacific Northwest in solidarity for the Jewish community of Poway, San Diego tonight at 6pm. The gathering will take place at the Eastside Torah Center, 16199 Northup Way, Bellevue.
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg