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A Message in Response to Yesterday's Shooting in Poway

Yesterday, we observed Shabbat and the final day of Passover. We celebrated with smiles and tears the re-dedication of our synagogue's Holocaust Torah. We considered the message of love that this Torah would tell us if it could talk. We listened to our Kesher (7th- and 8th-grade) class recount what they learned when they visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, in February. We said Yizkor in memory of loved ones as well as for the 6 million who perished in the Shoah, many of who have no one to say kaddish for them.

And then, we learned of the hateful shooting the Chabad in Poway, six months to the day after the carnage at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our hearts break for the family who lost a loved one and we pray for those who were injured. And we ask ourselves when "never again" really will be "never again."

We are grateful, as always, to the Charleston Police Department, who once again pledged yesterday their devotion to protecting all houses of worship. As we detailed in our recent congregational meeting, we are committed to ensuring our synagogue's security and safety.

In the meantime, we ask all of us at Synagogue Emanu-El to rededicate ourselves to kindness and love.

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779