A message regarding the recent events in Pittsburgh:

The terrible events in Pittsburgh have struck a deep note of grief in Jewish communities all over the world, including ours here in Lawrence. These events have also heightened anxiety, flamed frustrations and resentments, and even ignited anger in response. These are all natural reactions. That we permit ourselves to feel is important – we can never become numb to such acts against any community, Jewish or otherwise. Numbness leads to complacency and that is all evil requires in order to thrive. We must feel – as difficult and uncomfortable as those feelings are – and we must allow those feelings to motivate us to appropriate action.

The best things each of us can do are to be unafraid, support one another, and to continue to live by our Jewish values: practice tzedakah even when it’s difficult, t’shuvah continuously, and tikkun olam even when we ourselves feel broken.

LJCC Mission:  Our mission is to be an inclusive and thriving center of Jewish Spiritual, Cultural and Social Life in the Lawrence area. We welcome a diverse spectrum of Jews and people interested in Judaism. Please see our upcoming events!

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Worship: Join us for weekly Friday night services, monthly Saturday Torah services, High Holidays, holidays around the year and other opportunities to sing, pray, read and contemplate in community.

Study:We offer Religious School instruction for children, preschool through confirmation, and we offer excellent family education activities as well as interfaith outreach activities.

Community: We provide numerous social action and cultural events, special classes, guest speakers, a variety of programs, and our annual Blintz Brunch the first Sunday in November.

Get Involved: Help us build our vibrant Jewish community. Learn about membership, committees and opportunities to volunteer, and how you can make the Lawrence Jewish community your Jewish community.