Fresno Jewish congregations add special prayers in wake of Kansas shootings

The Fresno BeeApril 14, 2014 

Some Jewish congregations in Fresno are working special prayers about the Kansas shootings into their Passover events this week.

Three people were killed Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. The man accused in the shooting is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Officials were investigating the attack as a hate crime, although two of the victims, a man and his grandson, were not Jewish and were at the community center for a singing competition, relatives said.

Congregtion Beth Jacob in west-central Fresno will say the prayers at Passover morning services at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the synagogue, 406 W. Shields Ave.

"There is a prayer we say anytime there's violence like this in the world," said Ephraim Hadjis, president at Congregation Beth Jacob. "Normally, we say it on Saturdays. This time, we'll say them on the first day of Passover and the second day."

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