IASV Response to Tree of Life Shooting

IASV Official Statement in Response to the Tree of Life Shooting

The Islamic Association of the Shenandoah Valley (IASV) is outraged and saddened by the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. IASV stands in solidarity with the Jewish community of the Tree of Life Synagogue, here in the Shenandoah Valley and across the country.

To support the Tree of Life community with short-term needs including funeral expenses and medical bills, please click here.

The shooting in Pittsburgh is an example of rising anti-semitism and bigotry, as well as the epidemic of gun violence. IASV is committed to addressing all forms of hatred, including anti-semitism and Islamophobia.

IASV supports the efforts of the Islamic Society of North America, which has joined the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) to partner with the Reform Action Center (RAC) and The North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) to spearhead Muslim-Jewish advocacy trainings and actions on gun legislation at the state and federal level. To learn more about our work, please click here.

IASV encourages all houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in a booklet produced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission. The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices