Local Chabad to hold gathering tonight of “Light, Solidarity & Prayer” for Jewish community of Poway

Southern Arizona’s five Chabad centers will hold a gathering of “Light, Solidarity & Prayer” for the Jewish community of Poway on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at Chabad Tucson (Congregation Young Israel), 2443 E. Fourth Street.

“It is with great pain and sadness that we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the Chabad Center in Poway, California, whose Passover services and celebration was brutally disrupted by the anti-Semitic shooting attack, fueled by hate and darkness,” said an email statement issued yesterday.

“In Poway, Pittsburgh or Jerusalem, we have been targeted simply for being Jewish. Those who hate us do not differentiate based on ‘affiliations’ or other labels.

“At Southern Arizona’s 5 Chabad Centers, as with Chabad Centers the world over, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure the utmost security.

“But at the same time, we must not give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity. We, the Jewish people, are a collective affirmation of light and life. This is a time to come together and recognize what unites us.”

The statement, signed by Rabbi Yossie and Chanie Shemtov of Chabad Tucson; Rabbi Yehuda and Feigie Ceitlin  of Chabad Tucson; Rabbi Yossi  of Naomi Winner of Chabad at the University of Arizona; Rabbi Rami and Chani Bigelman of Chabad on River; Rabbi Ephraim and Mushkie Zimmerman of Chabad of Oro Valley; and
Rabbi Benzion andChaya Shemtov of Chabad of Cochise County, continued, “We thank everyone who reached out with concern, love and care. Your friendship is truly felt and appreciated. We look forward to gathering together on Wednesday.”