Nov. 8, 2018 – The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading membership organization of orthodox rabbis in North America, joins a shocked nation as a gunman killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Rabbi Elazar Muskin, president of the RCA, said, “We mourn the murdered in this horrific incident and extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, We pray for the complete recovery of those who were injured. We express our gratitude to the first responders who, without consideration of their personal safety, entered the bar in record time to protect innocent lives. We pay tribute to Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed while responding to the shooting.”
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, first vice president of the RCA, added, “Overwhelmed by the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States, ‘thoughts and prayers’ are no longer sufficient. We, as a society, must engage in difficult soul-searching to understand this phenomenon and to develop a comprehensive response that addresses the many and varied factors that contribute to this epidemic.”