“The attack on the mispallelim of Chabad of Poway on Pesach, by a monster who brought hate and horror into the kedushas beis haknesses, left us grief-stricken and heartbroken,” said LCSW, Shomrim of Lakewood, NJ, in a statement.
The shooting brought to the fore the horrific ramifications of latent anti-Semitism when actualized, and it also brought to the fore the heroism of individuals who fought hate with love.
“We mourn the passing of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who lost her life while protecting others in a courageous act of heroism,” said LCSW. “We extend our heartfelt refuah shelaimah to the injured, including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who continued to lead his congregation with strength and courage despite his own injuries.”
LCSW added, “As we collectively mourn this devastating tragedy, we also must ask ourselves some hard questions. While California is far geographically, we are connected as Yidden at our very core. What happened in that community can happen in ours as well, r”l. Are our shuls safe? Are we doing everything we can to ensure that we are prepared for an emergency where every second counts? Where a minute’s delay is another three lives lost ch”v? In the event of an attack on Shabbos or Yom Tov, ch”v, how long will it take a mispallel to call emergency services? If your shul does not have, at the very least, an emergency phone set up in the event of tragedy, chas veshalom, every mispallel is at risk. Precious lives are lost while moments are wasted scrambling to get help. Many shuls in Lakewood have already availed themselves of the emergency phones LCSW has been offering at subsidized prices. If you haven’t yet, make sure to do so right away by contacting the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch at 732-367-5279 extention 3.”