For several months now, Rabbi Paul Silbersher’s Temple Sinai congregation has been meeting each Friday in the chapel of Colonial Church in Prairie Village. And with their close proximity, Silbersher and Colonial Rev. Aaron Roberts have frequent discussions about religion and interfaith relations.
“Just a couple of weeks ago we were talking about how it really seems like society has moved into a new era with Jewish-Christian relationships, like a lot of those really long-held prejudices have disappeared in this generation,” Roberts said. “And then Sunday hit. It kind of changed everything we were thinking in a way.”
Indeed, the shootings in Overland Park and Leawood that took the lives of three Christians while targeting Jewish facilities underscored the fact that, for some, the religious tensions of a past era are still very much alive for a troubled sector of society.
As a sign of solidarity against what Roberts characterizes as “an evil we face together,” Colonial and Temple Sinai will hold a joint service this Friday. The joint service will take place as part of Temple Sinai’s Passover Sabbath.
“Rabbi Paul and I are looking for practical ways for Jews and Christians to stand together in response,” Roberts said. ”
The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Colonial Church sanctuary.
“We have such a close relationship, it seemed natural that we would do something together,” Silbersher said. “We wanted to find something we could do to stand together. It happens to be Passover and Good Friday at the same time. What a powerful time to stand against evil.”