Passover Begins With Tragedy Following KC Shooting

Rochester, NY--Local leaders in the Jewish community are keeping the victim's involved in Sunday's shooting in their thoughts and prayers this Passover.
"What happened in Kansas City is terrible. It breaks the heart," said Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick of the Congregation Beth Sholom.
"Hatred is something that we as human beings regardless of religion id, regardless of our religious convictions, there should be no tolerance for hatred, no tolerance for crime, no tolerance for anyone who is being victimized."
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester is also reacting to Sunday's shooting.
In an email message that went out to it's members, the center said:
"we have directed staff to exercise even greater vigilance and to be proactive about ensuring the security of our members and guests. We are in close contact with the Brighton police department, which has also heightened its presence, and we will continue to review our security procedures as new information becomes available. Please know that your safety is always our highest priority."
All this comes on the eve of Passover, making most any celebration--difficult.
The eight day holiday in the Jewish faith is meant to honor and celebrate when the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
Historically, Passover begins with the Seder, a dinner rich in family-oriented tradition.
Leslie Schwartz is the president at the Temple Emanu-El in Rochester.
"I would kind of hope that everybody in this country is thinking about that tonight whether you're at a Seder, or not. But, I assume it will be discussed at many Seders."
Schwartz said the shooting was a senseless tragedy.
Kilimnick said it will have an unfortunate impact on an otherwise joyous time in the Jewish faith.

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