Institute News

We stand in solidarity with Poway

We are deeply saddened to learn about a mass shooting at Chabad of Poway outside of San Diego. While details are still emerging, authorities believe this tragedy was motivated by hate. We stand together in sadness and solidarity with the entire community.  

This incident underscores the urgency to counter antisemitism in all its forms. We are in communication with community leaders to coordinate a response in support of the people of Poway and the Greater San Diego region, particularly teachers who will go to their schools on Monday and need to give guidance to process this incident. We must speak from our hearts with kindness. Remember each other’s humanity. And aim to continue dialogue with an atmosphere of respect.

 “I was struck when I stood in front of the Chabad synagogue today in Poway, to see parents and children from the neighborhood posting hearts on the lamppost. When hate shows how violent it can be, we need to ensure all of our children are learning lessons of love,” said USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Stephen Smith, who visited Poway shortly after the incident. 

On Monday, USC Shoah Foundation will send a contingent to California's Capitol, Sacramento. We will exhibit our “Dimensions in Testimony” technology within the State Capitol building; a video featuring clips from our Visual History Archive will broadcast on the floor of California's State Assembly; and we will be discussing our work with dozens of our elected officials and leaders. In all of these conversations, and activities, we will impress upon them the urgency of this situation and the need to counter antisemitism everywhere.