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OKC Jewish Federation responds to Calif. synagogue shooting

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City recently released a statement in response to a fatal shooting on Saturday at a synagogue in Southern California.  

A gunman opened fire at the Chabad of Poway synagogue during a worship service on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover. One woman was killed and at least three others, including the synagogue's rabbi, were wounded. According to news reports, the gunman has been apprehended.

Here is a statement released by the Oklahoma City Jewish Federation, led by Roberta Clark, executive director:

The Jewish Federation Mourns - Again

Six months after the horrific hate crime targeting worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and a little more recently following the horrific hate crimes targeting Muslims and Christians in New Zealand and Sri Lanka - once again we come together as the Jewish community and as Oklahomans to mourn the senseless loss of life and injury to innocent people at the Chabad in Poway, Calif.

Yesterday, on Shabbat and the last day of Passover, hate hit the Chabad in Poway, Calif. One person was murdered with many others injured. May the victim’s memory be a blessing to all who knew her and may her loved ones be comforted by family and friends. We wish a refuah shlemah, a full and speedy healing, to those who were injured.

Once again we mourn the loss of life as a result of hatred targeting people in their house of worship. Once again we see anti-Semitism rear its ugly head in our world in a way which resulted in senseless murder of one person, injury to others and fear to Jewish communities everywhere.

The Jewish Federation was contacted by the Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD) as soon at the incident occurred. We were able to review security needs for our Jewish organizations so that OKCPD was aware of the best way to heighten their assistance to each of the organizations. OKCPD also reached out to The Village Police Department and the Norman Police Department on our behalf - as some of our Jewish organizations are in their municipalities. We are deeply grateful to OKCPD - as well as other local and federal - law enforcement professionals for their thorough and swift response to this most recent hate crime.

It is important to note that law enforcement has indicated to us that there are no known threats to our community. We must, however, always remain attentive and report any suspicious activity - we continue to see that these horrific hate crimes can occur in any community.  

The Jewish Federation will continue to build bridges within our Jewish community and between our Jewish and interfaith communities. We believe each person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and that houses of worship should be safe places for their worshipers.  

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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