Statement Regarding Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

We are devastated and outraged by the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend, which resulted in the deaths of at least 29 innocent people. Our community knows all too well what it is like to be targeted by hateful people with guns, and we are far from alone. The attack on a bar in Dayton marks the 251st mass shooting in the United States this year. Enough is enough.

We are proud that Jewish Federations of North America and Secure Community Network have reached out to the communities affected in order to offer assistance. We are saddened by these senseless acts of violence, but remain committed to our work to minimize the forces of hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia. May the victims’ memories forever be a blessing.

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