KC Jewish Community To Hold Prayer Vigil Tonight In Light Of Pittsburg Synagogue Shooting

The Kansas City community will unite Monday evening, Oct. 29, for a vigil to honor the 11 lives lost in Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.

The vigil will be held from 7-8 p.m. at Kehilath Israel Synagogue, 10501 Conser, Overland Park, KS 66212. It is open to friends and neighbors of all faiths. Click here for more information about the event.

The vigil, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|AJC (JCRB|AJC), Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, and the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, is an opportunity for all Kansas Citians to grieve and show solidarity with the Jewish community.

"The Jewish community is heartbroken over this horrific anti-Semitic attack, only four years after our own community felt first-hand the effects of such hatred. We are committed to convening our community at this time of uncertainty," said Dr. Helene Lotman, President and CEO of Jewish Federation.

"In times like these, we turn to our friends and neighbors across the faith community for comfort and support.We are reminded that none of us stands alone," said Gavriela Geller, Executive Director of JCRB|AJC.

The one-hour interfaith vigil will include Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami, Reverend Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection, Akhtar Chaudry of the Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, and Rev. Dr. Rodney E. Williams, Senior Minister at Swope Parkway United Christian Church and President of the Kansas City Branch of the NAACP. The evening will end with a candle lighting ceremony and a reading of the Mourner's Kaddish, a traditional Jewish prayer of mourning.

Due to the large numbers anticipated, we suggest attendees carpool to the event. There will be a significant security and law enforcement presence, so attendees are strongly encouraged not to bring bags and to allow for plenty of time to enter the facility.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City's mission is to sustain and enhance Jewish life at home and around the world. It has worked for 85 years in partnership with local, national and international organizations to ensure these ideals are met.

JCRB|AJC advocates and educates, on behalf of the Kansas City Jewish community, to eliminate injustice and discrimination at home and abroad.

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