Federation releases statement about San Diego synagogue shooting; Jewish community gathering planned


On Saturday night, Jewish Federation of St. Louis issued a statement about the San Diego synagogue shooting, and announced there will be a Jewish community gathering at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.

The full statement follows:

“Once again, the Jewish community has been the target of violence on the basis of our faith. The Jewish community of St. Louis sends our prayers to the victims, their families, Chabad of Poway, and all those touched by this act of terror.

“That this attack should happen six months to the day after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, on the Sabbath, and on the last day of Passover only adds to our heartache and to feelings of vulnerability and fear.

“Moreover, we recognize that this attack comes in the same week as the horrific Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, and that so many of our interfaith partners are mourning alongside us.

“Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis, and the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of our community, combat antisemitism, and strengthen our Jewish community.

“A Community Gathering will be held Sunday, April 28, at 4 pm at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road.

“Our Jewish community will continue to stand against hate and fight for all in the people in our community — and all the people in our region and world — to worship without fear of persecution. In this Passover season, as we celebrate the beginning of our liberation from oppression, we recognize that our journey is still ongoing.”