At six months since the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, and on the final day of Passover, we, the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette are heartbroken to hear of another attack against Jews in the United States, this time at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California. We mourn the death of Lori Kaye, and we pray for the recovery of Noya Dahan, a child of only 9 years old, Almog Peretz (34), and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein (57). This deadly and bloody hateful attack is yet another indication of the rise of White Supremacy in our country, when, for the first time in our nation’s history, Neo-Nazis, KKK members, and other hate groups feel validated and emboldened by those who serve in political leadership in our government. It is the hope of the ILGL that this incident, as well as the many other incidents that occur each day in our country, fuels a serious conversation about antisemitism and all forms of hate that are rising to the surface.
Additionally, we cannot ignore the fact that this incident occurred with the use of an assault rifle, causing yet another active shooting incident in America, now the world’s capital of mass shootings. It is the hope, as well, of ILGL, that this incident triggers a thoughtful conversation in our government about access of civilians to weapons of warfare. The Jewish community in the Greater Lafayette area thank the outpouring of support and grief from neighbors, and look forward to future interfaith work to bring peace and positivity in our city.