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Jewish Federation of Tulsa issues statement in wake of synagogue shooting

Posted at 5:48 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 18:48:08-04

In the wake of the fatal shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Jewish Federation of Tulsa said their hearts ache after such a tragic loss of life, in a statement sent to 2 Works for You.

RELATED STORY: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting leaves 11 dead, 6 injured

Eleven people lost their lives Saturday after suspected shooter Robert Bowers, 46, opened fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue.

Six people, including three police officers, were injured.

In a statement, Jewish Federation Executive Director Drew Diamond said that the Jewish Federation of Tulsa will not live in fear.

"To the Tulsa Community,

Our hearts ache with the news coming out of the Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. It is a senseless and tragic loss of life, as well as a trauma to the survivors. It impacts all of us who pray and live within the Jewish Community.

On behalf of the Tulsa Jewish community, we are united in protecting our Jewish community and not letting fear prevent us from living our lives.

It is important to note that no threats have been made to our local community, and in fact we have already received multiple calls, emails, Facebook posts, etc., of support and love from local community leaders and friends.

Please include Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh in your prayers for healing, as we pray that the souls of those who were murdered are bound up in the bonds of eternal life."

Drew Diamond, Executive Director
Larry Feldman, President

The Jewish Federation of Tulsa also said they work closely with TPD and and the FBI joint terrorism task force in keeping their synagogue's safe.

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