Pennsylvania politicians, faith leaders react to California shooting


Pennsylvania politicians and faith leaders are reacting to the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue.

“That we are together in solidarity and that the greater community does care about us, and that we are there for them in their tragedies as they have been for us,” said Jennifer Ross, the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. 

A synagogue in Pittsburgh in October, a mosque in New Zealand in March, several churches in Sri Lanka last week, and now another synagogue in Poway, California. Pennsylvanians are tired of violent attacks at places of worship.

“We have prayers for the Jewish community in San Diego and we really hope that these incidents stop,” said Ross. 

Police say one person was killed and three others were injured when a gunman opened fire at the temple Saturday.

Some state leaders took to social media to condemn the behavior. 

Governor Tom Wolf tweeted, “As we remembered the Tree of Life families today on the six month anniversary of the tragedy, another Jewish house of worship became the scene of terror. Our hearts are broken. We must do more. We can root out hatred and antisemitism, and we must stop gun violence.”

Senator Bob Casey posted that he’s shocked and saddened. He said, “I stand with the city of Poway and the Jewish community and again call on my colleagues in Congress to take action to address gun violence and hate crimes. Enough is enough.”

“Places of worship should be a place of security where people should be able to be there to be there for prayer and community and not be there in fear,” said Ross.

As community members process this news, faith leaders want to get the word out that Monday is the Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service.

It’s being held at the Hadee Mosque in Harrisburg at 6 p.m. to celebrate all religions, and to stand in solidarity with Poway.

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