The Rabbinical Council of America mourns the tragic loss of life at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas. Early reports indicate that this was the work of a white supremacist. Those who were struck demonstrate that there are no boundaries to racism and anti-Semitism – everyone can be a victim. The RCA extends its condolences to the families of the victims, and its support for the entire community of Overland on this eve of Passover, the holiday that brought the idea of human freedom to the Western world.
Rabbi Leonard Matanky, President of the RCA, stated, “While recent reports indicated a reduction in anti-Semitic attacks in the United States, this shooting reminds us how noxious racist hatred and fear can be. The holiday of Passover reminds us all of the horrific legacy and hate and persecution, and obligates us to remain vigilant in the face of animosity and discrimination.”
Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President of the RCA, stated, “The RCA acknowledges the efforts of the United Stated government, on federal, state, and local levels, including the Department of Homeland Security, that has invested much effort, including human and financial resources, in trying to prevent such horrific attacks, especially against the Jewish community.”