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Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Offers Message of Unity After Poway Synagogue Shooting

On April 27th, 2019, an anti-Semitic man brought an assault rifle to the Chabad of Poway synagogue during Passover service and opened fire on the congregation. Lori Gilbert Kaye z”l was murdered in the attack and three others were injured, including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. As the San Diego community reeled from the tragedy, we saw an incredible outpouring of support from across the country.

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez spoke about the strong partnership between the Jewish and Latino communities at a press conference in Sacramento. She highlighted the work we do at our migrant shelter and vowed that the California Latino Legislative Caucus will stand with Jewish organizations across the nation.

At the same press conference, Governor Newsom announced his commitment to include $15 Million in the state budget to help organizations that are targets of hate-motivated violence. We know that a community is too heavy to carry alone. We could not do our life-changing work without the partnership of so many champions for change in the state capitol.

Community is the home we build together.

Take a look at the video below of Assemblymember Gonzalez’s powerful remarks.


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