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NJCOS Statement on Poway Shooting

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting is deeply bereaved at the loss of life and the injuries caused in the shooting at the Altman Family Chabad Center of Poway, California on the final day of Passover.  We rededicate ourselves to the mission we have pursued for over 90 years:  to teach young Americans the true meaning of freedom, service, and personal responsibility: the divine gifts we celebrate on Passover.  We in Scouting gratefully affirm the spirit of patriotism articulated in 1776 by Thomas Paine: “It is the will of the Divine that there be a diversity of religious opinions among us.” We continue to work for the time when that vision touches the hearts of all Americans.
Bruce Chudacoff, NJCOS Chairman
Rabbi Joseph Prouser, National Chaplain
Rabbi Peter Hyman, National Chaplain Emeritus
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Six months ago on October 28, 2018, an earlier statement was posted on the shooting at the Tree of Life/L’Or Simcha Synagogue:

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting mourns the loss of life in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history.  We pledge to redouble our efforts in the mission we have pursued for over 90 years:  teaching young Jews the beauty of American democracy, a principled embrace of diversity, fealty to religious duty, and genuine, loving respect for the religious beliefs and practices of others.

We acknowledge with gratitude the support that the Jewish community has received during this tragic event and call on everyone of goodwill to join us in recognizing, respecting and supporting the dignity and humanity of all people.

May God bless and keep all who mourn… May God turn His countenance toward us all and grant us peace.

Bruce Chudacoff, Chairman

Rabbi Joseph Prouser, National Chaplain

Rabbi Peter Hyman, National Chaplain Emeritus

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