San Diego Jewish Groups Show Solidarity With Kansas City

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San Diego Jewish groups proclaimed their solidarity with the Jewish community in Kansas City on Monday in the wake of Sunday’s tragic shooting of three people.

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A 73-year-old man with a history of anti-Semitic rhetoric was arrested after the shooting death of a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, MO, and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted-living facility. The suspect reportedly shouted “Heil Hitler!” to police arresting him.

Logo of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

“The Jewish Federation of San Diego stands in solidarity with the people of greater Kansas City as we reflect upon the terrible events that took place Sunday afternoon,” said Michael Sonduck, president and CEO of the federation. “Today we stand together in mourning the lives lost in this senseless and horrific event.

“Federation and our partners pledge to do whatever we can to support the Kansas City community, and will continue to monitor any security concerns in our San Diego community,” he added.

Rabbi Michael Berk, the senior rabbi of San Diego’s largest congregation, Beth Israel, said the tragic news is particularly poignant as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday beginning Monday night.

“Yesterday’s tragic shootings in Kansas City reminded us how hate and violence are evils that still plague our world. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families in the Kansas City community and we pray for them. And may we all see the day when such senseless violence and pain will cease from our world.

“As we gather for our (Passover) Seders tonight we will diminish the joy for our freedom when we remove drops of wine from our glasses as we remember the 10 plagues and the suffering they caused. Tonight those drops will also remind us of the bloodshed in Kansas City and the task that remains to remove violence and oppression from the world.”

On its Facebook page, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City asked that people show solidarity for the family and friends of those affected by changing their profile pictures to the center’s logo.

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