UJA Federation and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) are shocked and saddened by the loss of life and injuries resulting from today’s senseless act of violence on Yonge Street in North York.
Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families, and all those affected by this horrific attack. We hope and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured.
Toronto Police Service, Toronto Paramedics, medical professionals, and citizens on the scene are to be commended for their bravery and swift action, which undoubtedly saved many lives. We are fortunate to live in a city that can provide a rapid response to such a devastating incident.
Immediately after the attack, UJA Federation and CIJA were in ongoing communication with Toronto Police to ensure that the Jewish community was not targeted or at specific risk. We then relayed the relevant information to our security contacts at schools, synagogues, Jewish community centres, and other Jewish community institutions.
Tonight, as the investigation continues, we join all our neighbours in the City of Toronto, the GTA, and the rest of Canada in mourning the lives taken.
May their memory be for a blessing.
Chair of the Board,
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
CIJA Toronto Council