By COLlive reporter
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker hosted a delegation of Chabad Rabbis from throughout the state on Tuesday in a declaration of support with the Jewish community following the shooting at Chabad of Poway.
“We are devastated by the shooting at the Chabad synagogue in Poway,” he said in a joint statement as he lit a memorial candle in memory of Lori Kaye who was killed in the attack on the final day of Pesach.
“This was not just an attack on the Jewish community, but an attack on all of humanity,” he said. “We grieve for the loss of innocent life. We pray for the victims who were wounded and traumatized by the attack. We condemn and denounce all forms of anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry. We are grateful to law enforcement authorities and local leaders for their swift and determined response after this brutal hate crime.”
Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, regional director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois shared: “This tragedy has touched the lives of so many throughout the world, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the Governor, elected officials and community at large as we take the necessary steps to move forward to hopefully better days ahead.”
Governor Pritzker’s administration and Homeland Security advisor are coordinating the response to ensure that local law enforcement and religious institutions have the resources they need to be vigilant.
An evening of solidarity will be held tonight at the Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 West Touhy Ave in Skokie.