Statement on Poway

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April 27, 2019

Once again, our country is shocked from the horrors of another synagogue shooting. Once again, a community must find the courage needed to begin the long and painful healing process. Once again, a member agency of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is at the forefront providing critical crisis response. The Network strongly affirms the belief that houses of worship are places of peace, and of community, and should always be places of safety. We stand with our colleagues at JFS San Diego as they support the community of Poway and guide the greater San Diego region in its quest to find meaning amidst the hate. As providers of critical social services, Network agencies will continue to strengthen communities during times of unspeakable crises, and we will continue to strengthen the first responders within our Network, so they build resilience as they strengthen grieving communities. May we as a nation find the courage to learn from this tragedy and together build a world of respect for all.