Wichita Jewish community reacts to Overland Park shootings

In this photo provided by KSHB41 Action News, authorities respond the Jewish community center after a shooting in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/KSHB41 Action News)

WICHITA, Kansas – The Jewish community in Wichita has more than 1,500 people, many who were shocked by the horrific shootings that took place in Overland Park Sunday afternoon.

Rabbi Nissim Wernick, the Spiritual Leader of the Hebrew Congregation of Wichita, says the shootings hit close to home.

He was at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, the site of one of the shootings, last week.

“I was there buying Kosher for Passover food, which we couldn’t get in Wichita and I’ve been up there many times for lectures and I’ve even given lectures in the Jewish Community Center,” said Wernick.

When Wernick learned of the shootings, he said he was shocked because since he’s lived in Kansas, events like this haven’t been common.

“This is the first time since I’ve been here that there’s been something and I’ve been here for 10 years,” said Wernick.

With the Passover holiday beginning Monday evening, Wernick says the shootings have caused him to look into added security measures for the events they have planned for this week.

“We don’t normally have police during the Passover holiday, so this will be something that will add to our security,” said Wernick.

Wernick added that the shootings will bring the Jewish community closer as they try to show their strength through unity, as the mourning and healing begins.


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