“What it means is that a small number of haters really overturned a tradition of being open and welcoming.”
Public figures reflect on the loss of Lori Gilbert-Kaye and ask — what now?
Saturday was the last day of Passover — one of the four times during the yearly cycle of holidays that Jews recite Yizkor, the prayer for the dead and for martyrs.
“It’s going to be probably the hardest day of my career,” said Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.
“I think this could’ve been far, far worse but they were being proactive, they were ready.”
“Choc, douleur et infinie tristesse … Pensées et prières avec les familles des victimes. Attaque le dernier jour de Pessah …
“I’m on a mission. This rabbi is not a business, not a career. It’s a mission. I’m a guy from Brooklyn sent out to do good in this part of the world.”
The shooting comes six months to the day after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
Despite a break from the assaults, some community leaders worry about retaliatory violence.
“New York City stands for tolerance and we will arrest anyone involved in anti-Semitic crimes,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.