“God forbid something happens, part of the narrative becomes, ‘Oh the rabbi told us it was safe, and we’re not safe.’ And that weighs heavily on me.”
The charges could make the shooter eligible for the death penalty.
The synagogue only received the $150,000 federal grant in late March.
“Mr. President, when you called me, I was at home weeping,” the rabbi. “You were the first person to begin my healing.”
A state program could allow places of worship to receive up to $200,000 in grants.
“The younger members are not joining, so financially we don’t have a budget to pay for security guards.”
The shooter, 19, is not eligible for bail and will be arraigned on Wednesday.
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.
“That scar is going to remind me how vulnerable we are, but also how heroic each of us can be.”
“He’s not scared of nobody. He has a good heart. He doesn’t care to die to save kids. He loves children.”