Once again, the peace and joy of a synagogue service has been shattered by violence. The Toronto Board of Rabbis expresses its condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert Kaye z”l and Chabad of Poway, as well as the Chabad community throughout the GTA. We call on the entire Toronto Jewish community to say a mi shebeirach for the refuah shleimah of those injured in this terrorist shooting: Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Almog Peretz, and Noya Dohan.
The Talmud teaches us that kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, all Jews are responsible for one another. Our commitment to Jewish heritage, Jewish institutions, and to each other will not waver. The Jewish community will not be deterred by hate. Finding strength in numbers and as a sign of solidarity, we call on the Toronto Jewish community to stand with Poway and proudly attend services this Shabbat.