ANNANDALE, NJ - The Chabad based here has reacted to the April 27 shooting at the Poway Chabad House synagogue, which happened on the last day of the Passover holiday.
Chabad of Hunterdon is encouraging the local community to bring a friend and join synagogue services this weekend.
Additionally, Chabad encourages Jewish women and girls to honor Lori Kaye, who was murdered in her synagogue, by lighting candles before Shabbat, as she did each week.
They also ask Jewish men to put on tefillin before Shabbat, wrapping the hands that on Rabbi Goldstein will forever be scarred after the gunman’s bullets injured him and two others.
“The gunman wanted Jews to cower in fear, leaving synagogues empty,” said Rabbi Eli Kornfeld of the Hunterdon Chabad. “Let’s fill up Chabad Houses and synagogues to show that we will never back down in the face of hatred.”
Chabad of Hunterdon will hold Shabbat services this weekend on Friday, May 3, at 7:15 p.m. Prayers for the recovery of those wounded in the attack will be offered.
The Friday night service will be followed by words and prayers of inspiration and solidarity.
“Cold-blooded, fanatical hatred can only be uprooted by filling our world with pure, undiscriminating love and acts of kindness,” said the Rabbi. “Let’s stand proud of our heritage. Light Shabbat candles, as Lori did. Put on tefillin before Shabbat, wrapping the hands that on Rabbi Goldstein will forever be scarred.”
As Rabbi Goldstein said just moments after the attack: “We are going to stand tall, we are going to stand proud of our heritage. If a little light can dispel a lot of darkness, then many lights can truly illuminate the whole world.”