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Kol Ami In The News- Reference Archive

"Ga'avah KC offers safe space for LGBTQ+ members of Jewish faith"

KSHB Channel 41 - June 21, 2023

"This month — Pride month — founder and community chairperson Brad Ordo [Kol Ami VP-Kehilah] was recognized as a "Hometown Hero" by the Kansas City Current at the club's June 14 home match."

"MO House passes bill allowing guns on buses, in churches and synagogues"

The Kansas City Star - April 17, 2023

"The Missouri House passed a bill Monday allowing guns to be carried on public buses and inside churches and other places of worship, chipping away at the list of places where guns are prohibited even with a concealed carry permit. ...

Doug Alpert, the rabbi at Kansas City-based Congregation Kol Ami, said there is no reason to have guns in places of worship, and the bill would only increase the likelihood of shootings in places like synagogues, which already face threats and violence. ..."

"As MO Republicans blame Soros for Trump indictment, Jewish leaders warn of antisemitic tropes"

The Kansas City Star - March 31, 2023

"Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Attorney General Andrew Bailey issued statements this week blaming billionaire philanthropist George Soros for former President Donald Trump’s indictment Thursday by a New York grand jury.

Their lines echoed statements that had already been used by a slew of prominent Republicans, including Sen. Eric Schmitt of Missouri and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ...

'It’s a screaming antisemitic dog whistle,' said Doug Alpert, the rabbi at Kansas City-based Congregation Kol Ami. 'Wherever you see George Soros, you might as well just substitute "dirty Jews."'” ...

"Eric Schmitt promotes Kanye West after antisemitic comments, then deletes amid backlash"

The Kansas City Star - October 12, 2022

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt drew controversy late Tuesday night after he posted a tweet supporting the controversial rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and then deleted it. “America needs a @kanyewest @KidRock tour,” Schmitt wrote on Twitter at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday. “Let’s go!”

Schmitt, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri, wrote the tweet three days after Ye had written an antisemitic Twitter post where he called for “death con 3” on Jewish people, a reference to DEFCON, a defense preparation system used by the military. ...

Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami in Kansas City said Schmitt’s support of Ye should disqualify him from the U.S. Senate. ...

'Zero tolerance': Clergy urge KC police board to hire chief who will root out racism

The Kansas City Star - April 4, 2022

"Nearly two dozen faith leaders on Monday urged the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners to hire a new police chief who will commit to fighting racism within and outside of the department.

Standing on the steps of the Kansas City Police Department, the clergy members again also called for a Justice Department probe into the force as well as local control of KCPD, which is overseen by the five-member board mostly appointed by Missouri’s governor. ..."

The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle December 9, 2021

"... One of the main goals of Jewish Experiences, a collaboration between Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and The J, has been to reach members of the Jewish community who have been underrepresented or marginalized. That includes members of the LGTBQIA+ community."

"[Brad Ordo and Damien Timms] realized that the first event, as with any new group trying to establish itself, is often one of the most successful in terms of attendance. To keep the momentum going, they’ve organized social events and volunteer opportunities each month. That includes ... a pre-High Holiday lunch at the home of Rabbi Doug Alpert ..." 

KC Rabbi Doug Alpert earns spot in two-year fellowship program

The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle – February 11, 2021

Clergy Leadership Incubator aims to produce ‘transformative change agents’

Based in New York City, the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) bills itself as a “boot camp for visionary leadership.”...

Rabbi Doug Alpert, Congregation Kol Ami, Kansas City, MO, and Former Co-Chair, Gamaliel affiliate Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2) – November 2, 2020

"When confronting hate, in general, and maybe white nationalist/neo-Nazi, in particular, we often frame it in the negative.  Our narrative emphasizes what and whom we are against. ..."

Community highlight: New year, same niche - A hidden gem of a community with a unique focus

The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle – September 10, 2020

"Rabbi Alpert thinks that showing up — being there — for his community is the biggest part of earning his title. That’s also a theme of the social justice work at the core of his synagogue."

Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance: It’s time

News Tribune – January 15, 2018

Rabbi Doug Alpert said the theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance, “It’s Time,” is not an invitation to look back, but to ask what God requires of us now in the fight for racial equality.

Missouri NAACP echoes call for veto of SB 43

Missouri Times – June 27, 2017

“We don’t have peace unless we have wholeness, unless we have a complete community in a state where every voice is heard, where every person has dignity, where every person is treated with justice and respect,” Rabbi Doug Alpert of Kansas City said.

19 rabbis arrested in travel ban protest outside Trump Hotel

Pix11 News – February 7, 2017

The message according to one member wasn’t just for Trump but also for the masses.

“This is not just specific toward the administration, but the policies that they are attempting to put forth are particularly unjust,” Douglas Alpert, a Kansas City rabbi, said.

Joining worldwide protests, more than 5000 people rally for …

The Kansas City Star – January 21, 2017

“If Muslims are forced to register, then meet Muslim Rabbi Doug Alpert,” he said. … Kansas City Mayor Sly James then welcomed the crowd, saying how he was …

Women’s March on Washington inspires local event celebrating …

The Kansas City Star – January 16, 2017

The Kansas City event, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Washington … Grandparents Against Gun Violence and Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol …

KC panel to meet on police-community relations

KMBC Kansas City – July 11, 2016

A Kansas City religious group that deals with police issues will discuss … needs to happen, to change the culture of police department,” said Rabbi Doug Alpert, …

Kansas City Activists, Police React To Violence Across The Country

KCUR 89.3 – July 11, 2016

On this edition of Up To Date, we hear from a diverse panel of community members, activists and police about how these tragedies affect us here in Kansas City.

Kansas City police take action to strengthen community relations – July 11, 2016

… calls for an independent monitor to review the actions of Kansas City police. … are victims of police involved shootings,” said Rabbi Doug Alpert of MORE2.

Kansas City social justice group is likely to revisit police shootings

The Kansas City Star – July 9, 2016

More2 called on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners in January to take … Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami, who is a co-chair of More2’s …

Protesters Say KCPD Cannot Police Itself After 47 Officer-Involved …

KCUR 89.3 –January 4, 2016

About 50 people rallied outside the Kansas City Police Department’s new East … Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami, an urban synagogue, says it …

KC Star article raises concerns about police shootings; local …

KSHB Channel 41 – January 3, 2016

Rabbi Doug Alpert spoke at the news conference. … 41 Action News reached out to the Kansas City Police to get their response to the article; our calls and …

Interfaith group calls for action on fatal Kansas City police shootings

The Kansas City Star – January 3, 2016

Officials of an interfaith organization on Sunday called on Kansas City police … Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami called the numbers “very disturbing.”

Metro churchgoers gather to pray for families impacted by … – June 18, 2015

Mike Patton, pastor of the United Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, said … Rabbi Doug Alpert, leader of Koi Ami Congregation in the metro, understands …

Anti-Semitic Incidents Raise Alarm In Missouri and Kansas

KCUR 89.3 – March 10, 2015

Congregation Kol Ami rabbi Doug Alpert agreed with Aroesty that most occurrences of anti-Semitism are simply mistakes. But Alpert is deeply troubled by recent …

Kansas City Religious Leaders Ask Gov. Nixon for Death Penalty …

KCUR 89.3 – September 2, 2014

Jay Nixon’s downtown Kansas City office asking for a stay of execution. … Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami says the Torah allows for the death …

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