United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ and the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey condemn the tragic terror attack on a Jewish school in southern France that has left at least four dead, including three children.
Early news reports indicate that a terrorist on a motorcycle carried out the fatal shooting outside Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in the city of Toulouse. Those killed include a teacher, Rabbi Jonathan Sandler; two of his children, Gavriel, six, and Aryeh, three; and Miriam Monsonego, eight, daughter of the school’s principal. Others remain in critical condition.
Lori Klinghoffer, president of UJC MetroWest, and Julie Lipsett-Singer, president of Jewish Federation of Central NJ, are in Israel together for a joint mission representing both federations. They issued the following statement: “The MetroWest and Central Jewish communities stand united with the entire Jewish community of France during this tragic time. We are horrified by this attack and send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and our hopes for a full recovery to the injured.
“Terrorist attacks on innocent victims cannot be tolerated. We call upon the French authorities to strongly condemn this act and do everything in their power to find the perpetrators, seek appropriate justice, and ensure the safety of the Jewish community throughout France.”