Topeka Rabbi Issues Statement On The Kansas City Shooting

(courtesy KMBC)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Rabbi Debbie Stiel or Topeka's Temple Beth Shalom has issued a statement regarding the Kansas City Shooting.

"Dear Temple Beth Sholom community,

What an incredible tragedy yesterday. Many of us have spent many joyful hours at that Jewish Community Center, and it is so hard to imagine the joy of that place shattered with gunfire. Our hearts go out to the victims' families and to the KC Jewish community.

I want you to know that there will be a short service of unity and hope Thursday morning at 10am at the Overland Park JCC and I will talk about this from the bima Friday night. Already I feel, and I hope you do too, the tremendous outpouring of support from Jews and non Jews throughout the world through e-mails, Facebook and other forms of communication.

We will have security at the Temple Passover seder on Tuesday and will of course continue to have it for Shabbat services.

The haggadah tells us that not just one enemy has arisen to try to kill us but many. Unfortunately, we were reminded of the truth of that yesterday. I pray that we will not give in to their evil wishes but will remain a vibrant, purposeful community. Wishing you and your families a meaningful and liberating Pesach.

May we go from darkness to light and try to be among those who bring more light to the world. Wishing solace to the whole Jewish community as we mourn and may we bring strength to the KC Jewish community at this difficult time.

Thank you for all you do for our community.


Rabbi - Temple Beth Sholom
Topeka, Kansas"

Posted by Greg Palmer