Statement: JFC-UIA and CIJA horrified and heartbroken by tragedy in Israel

Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and CIJA are horrified and heartbroken by the tragedy in Meron, Israel at a Lag B’Omer event

Toronto, ON – Yesterday, 45 people were crushed to death and many more injured at a Lag B’Omer event in Meron, Israel. In response, Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and CIJA issued the following:

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life at Mt. Meron in Israel during what should have been a joyous celebration of Lag B’Omer. Our hearts are broken for the many families who lost loved ones – including at least three Canadians – and we pray for the swift recovery of the many injured."
-- Nikki Holland, President and CEO, JFC-UIA

“We are deeply thankful to United Hatzalah, Magen David Adom, and the four hospitals that are treating the wounded. The many messages of support and solidarity flooding in from across the region and around the world in the face of this tragedy have brought some comfort. We also note that Israelis – religious and secular, Jewish and Arab – have come together to grieve this tragic loss of life and offer practical support for the injured and the families of those whose lives were lost. We in the Diaspora stand with them during this terribly sad time.”
-- Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO, CIJA


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