Rabbi Karff was the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel and identified across the metropolis for being one third of the ‘amigos’ together with Archbishop Fiorenza and Reverend Invoice Lawson, father of ABC13’s personal Melanie Lawson.
My coronary heart is damaged. A vibrant mild in our metropolis has gone out – retired Rabbi Sam Karff of #CongregationBethIsreal
He was 1/three of the Three Amigos – clergy of various faiths who fought for social justice in Houston. Please pray for his household & the opposite Amigos. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/e27eFkwRqj
— Melanie Lawson (@MelanieLawson13) August 16, 2020
The three associates started the struggle for justice collectively within the metropolis of Houston about 27 years in the past. They labored on many initiatives collectively like the general public defender’s workplace and a coalition for the homeless, and had been additionally typically known as upon for civil rights initiatives by Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Commissioner Rodney Ellis.
We’re so deeply saddened immediately to listen to of the passing of expensive buddy and group pillar Rabbi Samuel Karff.
His loss will probably be deeply felt throughout our group. We lengthen our heartfelt condolences to his household, associates, Congregation Beth Israel, and all those that beloved him. pic.twitter.com/hLOSqzOwZA
— Rodney Ellis (@RodneyEllis) August 15, 2020
The Karff household launched a press release, saying:
“The Karff household appreciates the outpouring of help and affection for our beloved father and grandfather.”
Karff most lately attended the funeral of Houston-native George Floyd alongside Rev. Lawson.
At present we mourn the lack of a buddy, mentor, & revered non secular chief, Rabbi Karff. My condolences to his family members.
We’ll miss you, Rabbi. Your legacy of reaching throughout religion communities impressed us to compromise & work towards a higher good for all we serve. Relaxation in love.
— Congressman Al Inexperienced (@RepAlGreen) August 15, 2020
In April 2019, Interfaith Ministries for Larger Houston unveiled the ‘Plaza of Respect’ which featured the ‘three amigos’ on interactive particular person pillars.
Interfaith Ministries launched a press release, saying:
“Interfaith Ministries is deeply saddened by the loss of life of Rabbi Samuel Karff, beloved Houston religion chief and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel. We share our deepest condolences together with his household and all who beloved him.
Rabbi Karff’s legacy is honored by way of a Pillar of Mild on Interfaith Ministries’ Brigitte and Bashar Plaza of Respect. He will probably be fondly remembered for his knowledge, mild spirit, and dedication to being a voice for the marginalized.”
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