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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Passover story can give hope in face of hate, local rabbis say

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light April 16, 2014

Local rabbis turned to the lessons and inspiration of Passover this week as they prepared for seders in the wake of the fatal shooting Sunday of three people outside Jewish facilities near Kansas City.“Coming as this did leading up to Passover, it helps...

A police car is seen at the entrance of the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, Kan., after deadly shootings there and at a nearby assisted-living facility, April 13, 2014. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

St. Louis Jewish community leaders express grief, security concerns after K.C. shootings

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light April 14, 2014

The arrest of a white supremacist in connection with a shooting spree that left three dead at Jewish facilities in the Kansas City area Sunday is prompting a mixture of grief and attention to security among Jews in St. Louis.“Whether it is Kansas City...

An Overland Park police vehicle sitting in front of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Kan., following shootings there and later at a nearby assisted-living complex that killed a total of three people, April 13, 2014. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Kansas City shootings highlight threat of ‘lone wolf’ attacks

BY RON KAMPEAS, JTA April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The suspect in deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City made no secret of his hateful views, but few could have anticipated the attack that claimed three lives on Sunday. The shooter was identified as Frazier...

Commentary: In Kansas City, targeting a community’s beating heart

By Victor Wishna April 14, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Every Friday at noon, my 2-year-old daughter and I rush through the doors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City to meet my father for lunch. We are usually late, and the JCC’s Heritage Center, catering to active...

Netanyahu sends condolences to families of Kansas City victims

April 14, 2014

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences to the families of those killed by a gunman at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City. “We condemn the murder that by all the signs was done out of hatred of Jews. The state...

President Obama pledges support for K.C. probe, calls attack ‘heartbreaking’

April 13, 2014

President Barack Obama released a statement Sunday night pledging his support for the investigation. This afternoon we heard reports of a horrific shooting in Overland Park, Kansas. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends...

An Overland Park police vehicle sitting in front of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Kan., following shootings there and later at a nearby assisted-living complex that killed a total of three people, April 13, 2014. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Southern Poverty Law Center names K.C. suspect as white supremacist

JTA REPORT April 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Southern Poverty Legal Center, a hate group monitor, identified the suspect in the deadly attack on a Jewish community in a Kansas City suburb as a prominent white supremacist. The group, naming the suspect as Frazier Glenn Miller,...

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