Rockdale Temple mourns with the LGBTQ community

A message from Rockdale Temple.

Our Rockdale Temple family mourns the forty-nine innocent lives taken in an act of violence this past Sunday morning. We heard the news as we were celebrating the festival of Shavuot, the commemoration of our receiving the gift of Torah at Mt. Sinai. Just as our tradition says that we were all there, standing together at Sinai, so do we stand together with the families of those killed, those hurt in the attack, and all those in the LGBTQ community reeling from this shooting.

The Pulse, like other LGBTQ clubs, was a safe space for this community to celebrate their lives and rejoice in being themselves, just as God made them. With this hateful act, that feeling of safety was taken from the LGBTQ community in Orlando and throughout our country. We are sad and we are angry that hate and violence have once again been directed towards the LGBTQ community.

We grieve and we hurt for all those affected by this attack. We encourage our congregation to turn our grief, sadness, and anger into action – action that can mend broken hearts, heal suffering communities, and prevent future violence. Please join in one of the below actions and don’t hesitate to let Rabbi Kahan, our leadership, and our staff know how you’d like to act.

1. PRAY with others TONIGHT, June 15th, at Christ Church Cathedral (318 E 4th street) at 6 p.m. as Cincinnatians join together as a community with members of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith as well as leaders from the LGBTQ community.

2. JOIN in on the Religious Action Center’s webinar on gun violence prevention and advocacy on June 22nd at 12 p.m. (

3. MARCH with Rockdale Temple and our Cincinnati Jewish community at Cincinnati Pride on June 25th at 11 a.m. RSVP on our Facebook event page or email Workum Intern Max Bleich ( to let us know you’re joining.


May the Source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.