HACKENSACK, NJ – In the wake of a shooting at a California synagogue that left one dead and three others injured, Chabad of Hackensack is calling for the local Jewish community to unite and stand together at services this weekend.
The #ShareShabbat campaign is meant to encourage synagogue attendance, as well as good deeds in response to the incident in Poway, according to Chabad.
“The gunman wanted Jews to cower in fear, leaving synagogues empty,” said Rabbi Mendy Kaminker. “Let’s fill up Hackensack's Chabad House to show that we will never back down in the face of hatred.”
During Saturday’s 10 a.m. service, prayers for the recovery of those wounded in the attack will be offered. After the daytime service, a community Kiddush social will be held.
On the last day of Passover, a 19-year-old man opened fired inside of a Poway synagogue with an AR-15-style assault rifle, killing a woman and injuring three other people, including the congregation’s rabbi. He now faces charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting.
Chabad is encouraging Jewish women and girls to honor Lori Kaye, who was murdered in her synagogue by lighting candles before Shabbat, as she did each week. Chabad has also requested Jewish men put on tefillin before Shabbat in tribute to Poway’s Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and two other victims.
“Cold-blooded, fanatical hatred can only be uprooted by filling our world with pure, undiscriminating love and acts of kindness. Let’s stand together proud of our heritage,” Kaminker said.
For more information, visit ChabadHackensack.com/ShareShabbat.