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NCJW Heartbroken By Senseless and Tragic Shabbat Shooting
October 27, 2018, Washington, DC —The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed its outrage that yet another hate crime has resulted in the violent shooting of innocent people. At the time of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, three services were going on in observance of Shabbat. Our deepest sympathies go out to the wounded and to the families of the victims.
Paula Garret, a national board member of NCJW and past president of the synagogue, released the following statement
“I am horrified by this morning’s attack on my synagogue. It is a warm, welcoming place a block-and-a-half from my home in our suburban neighborhood. We all know each other and support one another in times of celebration and tragedy. My heart goes out to all who were hurt and lost their lives today. Shabbat is a day of rest for us in the Jewish community and this has not been a day of rest.”
Nancy Kaufman, CEO of NCJW, added:
“Hate crimes and gun violence against one community are felt by all communities who live in fear of who will be next. We must come together across communities to demand an end to the senseless use of guns and to condemn the hatred of groups who continue to be targeted. NCJW is committed to continuing our efforts to stop senseless gun violence and enact gun laws that will prevent guns from being sold and used for these purposes.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.