November 16, 2018

Dear Friends,

Due to the air quality in Arden Arcade today, which is well into the hazardous range, it is inadvisable for anyone to be walking outside. Since it’s impossible to know whether the air tomorrow will be any better than it is today, we have made decision to cancel shul tonight and tomorrow, and to encourage everyone to stay home or if possible, to get out of town. If you have friends or family in areas with better air quality, I encourage you to get out of Sacramento and spend Shabbat with them. For those who are staying in Sacramento, please stay indoors with the windows sealed, and daven and have your shabbat meals at home. It is better to miss out on shul this week and preserve our health to be able live to see many more Shabbatot. May God protect the firefighters, and grant them success in speedily containing this fire. May He watch over all those who have survived this fire and are affected by it, and comfort the families of those who were killed, and may He spare us from ever seeing such conflagrations in the future.

Shabbat Shalom,

Garth Silberstein, Rabbi Lou Ann Weiss, PresidentDear friends,

We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the horrific events that transpired yesterday morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh PA during Shabbat morning services. There are no words to describe our communal pain at this moment and we are all struggling to process this tragedy. We mourn the loss of eleven innocent lives and stand in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community. We pray for a refuah shlema to those injured in the attack and comfort to the survivors.

We are grateful for the courage and bravery of law enforcement officers and first responders, many of whom put themselves in harm’s way to end this deadly attack. We pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the line of duty and thank them for their service. We are grateful to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for their increased presence at KITC since the attack.

We know that you may be concerned about our own shul security in the wake of this attack.  Please know that we are taking this seriously as we examine our own shul’s security.

At times such as these we are called upon to pray and to act – to pray for comfort to those who lost loved ones and for a speedy recovery to the injured and to show solidarity and speak out against evil. We encourage everyone to attend the community-wide memorial service Monday evening at 7 pm at B’nai Israel.

May the memories of those lives lost be for a blessing. 

Garth Silberstein, Rabbi
Lou Ann Weiss, President
Morissa Rubin, Vice-President
Rick Weisberg, Vice-President

KITC is a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Sacramento, California. Founded in 1982, this community-based institution prides itself as a center of Torah learning for the entire community. We represent an eclectic group of people who are interested in growing and developing our Torah knowledge and Torah observance through study, public prayer and social events. KITC is a member of the Orthodox Union.

Garth Silberstein, Rabbi

Lou Ann Weiss, President

(916) 481-1159, office@kitcsacramento.org

KITC is a member of the OU

For information about using our facilities, please contact the President at president@kitcsacramento.org.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 255503, Sacramento, CA 95865
Physical Address:
1165 Morse Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95864
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