An attack on any Jewish community is an attack on all Jewish communities, and on behalf of all Federations in North America, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) responded immediately. By Saturday night, Michael Masters, the Director of the JFNA Secure Community Network (SCN) and his colleagues were on the ground in San Diego to support local efforts lead by ADL (Anti-Defamation League) San Diego and Jewish Family Service of San Diego. This morning, Michael, along with Jewish Federation of San Diego President & CEO Michael Jeser, visited Chabad of Poway, meeting with the leadership and the family of Rabbi Goldstein. Michael also met with several of the victims, as well as individuals who took action during the attack and likely helped save lives. Over the next few weeks, SCN will work with ADL San Diego to survey the community and make recommendations on how to address local needs.
When a violent act like this is perpetrated, we tend to feel helpless. There are few of us who can actually be on the ground helping, but there is something important each of us can do to help. The Jewish Federation of San Diego and the Jewish Community Foundation San Diego have opened a fund to meet the immediate physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the victims and others impacted.
DONATE TO THE CHABAD OF POWAY FUND
Our own community is blessed with a multitude of Jewish organizations and congregations that are here to support us in times of crisis and to enrich Jewish life in Orange County. Whatever Jewish institutions you depend on, each one is important and each contributes to our vibrant community. Through this and each monthly issue of Community Update, I'll share with you something about the people, programs, philanthropy, and partnerships at Jewish Federation & Family Services that contribute to our community's collective strength.