AJC: KANSAS CITY JEWISH CENTER SHOOTING A HEARTBREAKING TRAGEDY

April 13, 2014 -- New York -- AJC is deeply saddened by today's fatal attack at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of this heartbreaking tragedy," said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

Two people were killed at the JCC and one person at the Village Shalom assisted living center. A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Police have arrested one suspect in the shooting spree. The gunman reportedly shouted "Heil Hitler."

"As we await more details on the attack and its motive, we join in solidarity with the entire Kansas City area community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, in expressing shock, sadness and dismay," Harris added. "We can't help but note that this attack comes on the eve of Passover, a celebration of Jewish freedom from oppression and violence."

AJC maintains an office in Kansas City, together with the Jewish Community Relations Bureau. 

 

L.A. TIMES - LOCAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS UNITE FOR CHANGE IN IMMIGRATION LAW

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Southern California hold vigil calling for a revamp in federal immigration laws.

By Kurt Streeter

9:10 PM PDT, April 4, 2014

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE IN THE L.A. TIMES

Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws.

Immigrants who are in the United States illegally "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. Archdiocese, described the current system as "totally broken," adding that federal laws punished families and children unfairly.

"These are human souls, not statistics," the archbishop said. "These are children of God. We cannot be indifferent to their suffering."

Several said that five or 10 years ago, such an event likely would have been almost entirely Catholic or Christian, with a focus primarily on the Latino community.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

JEWISH JOURNAL PUBLISHES AJC OP-ED: "AN UNSETTLING PRESBYTERIAN STUDY GUIDE"

By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond and George Douglas

The recent release of “Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide” by the Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church [PC(USA)] threatens irreparable damage to Jewish-Presbyterian relations. The document takes aim at the ideological, moral and historical foundations of Israel, falsely labeling Zionism “Jewish supremacism” and denying Israel’s very right to exist as a modern nation state.

The document — riddled with errors and half-truths — is a full-blown attack on the very concept of Zionism and a Jewish homeland. In branding Israel an illegitimate entity, it declares war on both Israel and American Jewry. “Zionism Unsettled” calls Zionism a “false theology.” The materials repeatedly describe Jewish immigrants to Israel as “colonists” who took “Palestinian land” from the Palestinian people. The study guide’s project coordinator describes Zionism as an oppressive ideology comparable to Jim Crow segregation in the American South and apartheid in South Africa.  CLICK HERE TO READ WHOLE OP-ED IN THE JEWISH JOURNAL.

 

AJC LOS ANGELES WINS 2ND PLACE FOR THE 2013 “SZABAD AWARD”

AJC Los Angeles’ Project Interchange collaboration, “AJC Los Angeles + Project Interchange = The Local Bridge to Global Israel Advocacy,” won 2nd Place for the 2013 “Szabad Award” – a prestigious AJC National award for best programming by an AJC region.

The successful inaugural program, a seminar in Israel for top diplomatic leadership posted in Los Angeles, has been featured prominently in AJC and Project Interchange (PI) media, meetings and programs. It has become a turn-key, model program now being adapted by other regional offices around the country.

The program featured first-hand experience and understanding of Israel's political, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity for high-ranking diplomats. Participants in the first seminar are their countries’ senior representatives in Los Angeles and many of them go on to even higher positions in their governments. AJC-LA staff developed a priority list of consuls general in consultation with PI staff and AJC’s Department of International Affairs, and actively recruited participants for the program.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

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