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PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM THE RABBINICAL ASSOCIATION OF GREATER KANSAS CITY

The members of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City are heartsick to have to write yet another statement in response to baseless hate and violence inflicted on our fellow Jews at Chabad of Poway, California; exactly six months to the day after the murder of eleven Jews worshipping in a Pittsburgh synagogue.  Amidst our mourning for the loss of life of one precious soul and our on-going prayers for the three who were injured, we stand committed to fighting against the hatred against our Jewish community, and any and all acts of hatred and religious persecution.

We offer whatever support and comfort we can to Poway Chabad, and our local Chabad and Torah Learning Center as part of the Lubavitch community.

The recent events at Poway, in Sri Lanka and Christchurch, New Zealand must be responded to with a unified voice of religious freedom and a zealous pursuit of peace and love. It is that commitment that has and will continue to sustain Jews throughout centuries of persecution.

The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City
Rabbi Doug Alpert                       Congregation Kol Ami
Rabbi Javier Cattapan                 Congregation Beth Torah
Rabbi Stuart Davis                      Temple Sinai          
Rabbi David Glickman                 Congregation Beth Shalom
Rabbi Moshe Grussgott               Kehilath Israel Synagogue
Rabbi Shaya Katz                        Community Kollel
Rabbi Jon Kleinman                     Chaplain, Vitas Healthcare
Rabbi Monica Kleinman               Congregation Beth Torah
Rabbi Josh Leighton                    Community Rabbi
Rabbi Mark Levin                        Founding Rabbi, Congregation Beth Torah                   
Rabbi Alan Londy                        New Reform Temple
Rabbi Herbert Mandl                   Rabbi Emeritus, Kehilath Israel Synagogue
Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff                  The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah
Rabbi Beryl Padorr                      Shared Vision Coordinator, The Temple Congregation B’nai                                                    Jehudah
Rabbi Daniel Rockoff                   Beth Israel Abraham Voliner                 
Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick              Community Chaplain                  
Rabbi Neal Schuster                    KU Hillel
Rabbi Sarah Smiley                     The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah
Rabbi Linda K. Steigman, MSS    Temple Adath Joseph                 
Rabbi Debbie Stiel                       Temple Beth Sholom, Topeka
Rabbi Avi Weinstein                     Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
Rabbi Scott White                       Congregation Ohev Sholom


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August 10, 2019
Community Tisha B’AV Observance

Congregation Beth Shalom TBA

August 15, 2019
Community-wide Course: “Judaism for Conversion Candidates” Begins in Fall
Jewish Community Campus

August 25, 2019
Day of Discovery' to Kick Off Year of Jewish Learning
Jewish Community Campus

September 21, 2019
Community Selichot Program and Service
Congregation Beth Torah

(Click Here for Details of All Events)

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The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City includes Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis and serves as the rabbinic voice in and for the Jewish community and the larger Greater Kansas City community.  It guides the community in making religious decisions for community events, supports the rabbis in their personal and professional growth and develops and nourishes collegial relationships within the Association.  The Kansas City metropolitan area, Jewish and non-Jewish, is extremely fortunate to have this long standing Association of good will and united action.

 

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Friends:

We welcome all who seek to worship and study with us, regardless of their religious background and convictions, as the Tanakh instructs us, “Let my house be a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)

However, we also request that all those who worship and study with and among us be respectful of Judaism and our customs. 

There have, at times, been those who believe that their religious duty requires them to testify to their faith in public and to convert Jews to Christianity.  We understand that such people act out of their personal convictions. Yet, common decency requires that all of us respect the religious convictions of the Jewish community, as well. Therefore, we cannot tolerate those people who would damage Judaism or Jews, or who would take advantage of our openness and hospitality to seduce Jews into another religion.  Anyone engaging in proselytizing among Jews at Jewish communal events will be asked to leave that event, and not to return to any events within the Jewish community.

Thank you for your respect for our religious convictions and the decorum that we request of all members of the community we share.
Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City

 

 

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