WASHINGTON ““ In response to the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson today, Kathy Manning, the chair of the board of The Jewish Federations of North America, released the following statement on behalf of the Federation movement:

“We are shocked and saddened by the savage attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords today. Rep. Giffords is an active member of the Tucson Jewish community, and a leader in promoting Jewish communal concerns on Capitol Hill. We mourn the loss of life, and pray for a speedy recovery for all of the injured. Our hearts and prayers are extended to Rep. Giffords’ family and the entire community during this difficult time.”

The Jewish Federation movement is the largest Jewish philanthropy collective in the world and The Jewish Federations of North America is dedicated to promoting awareness and involvement among the Jewish community in the United States and Canada.