Skokie Event Fosters Unity After California Synagogue Attack

Andy Dahn
April 29, 2019 - 8:35 pm

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SKOKIE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Just days after the deadly shooting inside of a California synagogue, people of all faiths came together in Skokie Monday night to show their support.

"These are our friends," said Jeffrey Davis of Highland Park. "If one Jew is hurt or injured, we all feel it."

Davis brought his young daughter to the evening of Jewish Unity, Solidarity and Prayer at the Holiday Inn North Shore.

"This outpouring of support that's coming into the community really shows the support of Jews for each other," he said. "This Chabad community is very close and very tight. It's all for one. We stand together as a community and as a people."

Rabbi Meir Moscowitz is Regional Director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, which organized Monday night's gathering.

"Saturday's shooting was a shock to all of us," he said. "Just a terrible event. The loss of innocent life. Individuals injured. Trauma and havoc for young and old at that synagogue."

Earlier in the day, Moscowitz said he and other Jewish leaders met with Gov. JB Pritzker to discuss increased safety measures at synagogues across Illinois.

"Of course, we have to take all of the safety precautions and we appreciate the assistance from all of the various agencies with the safety and security, but that's not enough. We have to be proactive. We have to teach our youth of meaning and purpose."