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Resources after a Shooting: For Solace, Support, Action and Talking to Kids

We sent these resources to our congregation:

From out of the depths, we cry out to the Source of Life.
Mee ma’amakeem karatee Ya

(Psalm 130:1)

We are astounded that less than a week after writing you in response to the shooting in the Pittsburgh synagogue, that we are writing you again. This one-two punch reinforces worries about safety, about the randomness of life, and about the unconsionable gun violence that continues unabated.

Our Or Ami congregants have expressed a range of emotions: feeling anxious, scared, angry, and bereft. Some have noted that while this scourge of violence is new to some of us, far too many have lived with this violence and hatred for too long. We hope this email provides resources, comfort and love.

How hard this is.
How painful.
How much we feel powerless.
How much we need each other’s hugs, love and strength.
May we find the words to strengthen each other, console each other, and work together for real solutions.

Zichronam livracha—we pray that the memories of the victims be, each of them, a blessing. It is on us to ensure that their tragic deaths not be in vain.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes   Cantor Doug Cotler   Rabbi Julia Weisz


My Congregant Was in the Dance Bar Shooting

A Poem by Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Speaking to your Children about This

4 Steps for Talking to Kids About the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
By Sivan Zakai, Professor of Education, Hebrew Union College

Mr. (Fred) Rogers: Talking about Tragic Events, and Scary, Confusing Images

Helping Children to Process Acts of Terrorism
By Rabbi Edythe Mencher, URJ

Show Up for Support

  • For Teens (7th-12th): Support and Sign Making. Join the rabbis to send condolences and support. Thursday, November 8 at 4:00-5:00 pm @ Or Ami.
  • For Adults: Drop in Support. Group Sharing. Led by therapist who helped after the Vegas shooting. Friday, November 9 at 10:00-11:30 am @ Or Ami.
  • More for Adults: Join Rabbi Julia Weisz at the 6:00 pm Community Vigil in Thousand Oaks. Thousand Oaks City Hall (2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd). Our gathering location will be posted on Facebook. Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 pm.

Solace for the Soul

Cantor Doug Cotler singing Grateful (reminding us to be grateful for every moment of life)

Cantor Doug Cotler singing Heal Us Now (for the healing we all need)

Rabbi Paul Kipnes’ Kaddish for After Gun Violence (When Humanity Fails Itself)

Email Rabbi Paul Kipnes or Rabbi Julia Weisz to talk.

Things to Do

    • Give Blood: There is an urgent need for blood donations, especially O-negative. Blood drive Thursday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at LaReina High School (106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks).

Two by Two: Saving Ourselves
​​​​​​​From the Storm of Bullets Raining Down on our Heads

By Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Two by two
The animals went into Noah’s Ark
Seeking safety from the storm
Two by two.
Two by two
The future was secured
Ensuring that the vulnerable ones
Would have chance to thrive
Two by two…

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