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Los Angeles’ Jewish community responds to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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The massacre of eleven congregants at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historically Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

A 46-year-old man who lived a few miles away was arrested following a shootout with police, four of whom were seriously injured. The suspect is scheduled to be taken to a federal courtroom in less than half an hour. He’d posted anti-Semitic comments on social media and allegedly made anti-Jewish remarks to police as he was being arrested. 76-year-old Barry Werber survived by hiding in a closet at the synagogue.

Afterward he said, “I don’t know why he thinks the Jews are responsible for all the ills in the world, but he’s not the first and he won’t be the last. Unfortunately, that’s our burden to bear. It breaks my heart.”

AirTalk talks to Los Angeles’ Jewish community about the tragedy.


Rob Eshman, adjunct professor of media, food and culture at USC’S Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism; former editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal, who has written an op-ed about the shooting on Saturday for the Los Angeles Times

David Lehrer, president of Community Advocates, Inc., a nonprofit organization that advocates innovative approaches to human relations and race relations in Los Angeles city and county; former Los Angeles regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for 27 years; he tweets @dlehrer