After shooting at San Diego area synagogue, Jewish leaders share their thoughts on the rise of violence directed at religious groups

Apr 29, 2019

Sheriff's crime scene tape is placed in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Poway, California.

Sheriff’s crime scene tape is placed in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Poway, California.; Credit: SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images


On Saturday, a shooter opened fire at a synagogue outside San Diego, killing one person and injuring three.

The sheriff says they’re investigating the attack as a possible hate crime after discovering a nine-page manifesto filled with anti-semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Authorities said the 19-year-old gunman opened fire as about 100 people were worshipping exactly six months after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Police searched the gunman’s house and said he was also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that witnesses said Lori Kaye, 60, died while trying to protect Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from gunfire. Goldstein was wounded in the index fingers on both hands while Noya Dahan, 8, was hit with shrapnel in the face and leg, and Almong Peretz, 34, was shot in the leg as he ushered children in a playroom to safety.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll get the latest on the police investigation into the shooting, talk to local Rabbis about how synagogues are dealing with the rise of hate crimes and violence targeting religious groups, and take your calls at 866-892-5722.

With files from the Associated Press


Priya Sridhar, reporter for KPBS in San Diego; she is reporting at the scene for the shooting; she tweets @PriyaKPBS

Rabbi Sharon Brous, senior and founding rabbi of of IKAR, a Jewish congregation in Los Angeles

Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of many books, including her latest, “Einstein and the Rabbi” (Flatiron Books, 2017); founder and leader of NASHUVA, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in L.A.

Amanda Susskind, Los Angeles regional director for the Anti-Defamation League; she tweets @AmandaSusskind

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