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Once again, the Jewish community has been the target of violence on the basis of our faith. The Jewish community of St. Louis sends our prayers to the victims, their families, Chabad of Poway, and all those touched by this act of terror.

That this attack should happen six months to the day after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, on the Sabbath, and on the last day of Passover only adds to our heartache and to feelings of vulnerability and fear.

Moreover, we recognize that this attack comes in the same week as the horrific Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, and that so many of our interfaith partners are mourning alongside us.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis, and the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of our community, combat antisemitism, and strengthen our Jewish community.

A Community Gathering was held Sunday, April 28, at 4 pm at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. 

Our Jewish community will continue to stand against hate and fight for all people in our community — and all the people in our region and world — to worship without fear of persecution. In this Passover season, as we celebrate the beginning of our liberation from oppression, we recognize that our journey is still ongoing.