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Miami, FL - Calls For Action And Crackdown On Anti-Jewish Rhetoric As Police Continue Investigating N Miami Beach Synagogue Shooting

Published on: July 29, 2019 11:43 PM
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Miami, FL - Details continue to emerge on Sunday’s shooting in front of a South Florida synagogue that sent a 69 year old man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his leg.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2YhUIXS) Warren Lipschutz was outside the Young Israel of Greater Miami on NE 171st Street when a car pulled up in front of the synagogue, its driver getting out briefly and shooting his victim multiple times before pulling away.

Police chaplain Mark Rosenberg, a North Miami Beach resident, said that Lipschutz routinely came early to the synagogue, unlocking the door for other congregants and waiting on an outside bench to assist the rabbi on his arrival. 

Lipschutz was heading towards the bench when the shooter opened fire, diving behind it for protection, an act that Rosenberg said may have saved his life.

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Sources said that surveillance cameras near the synagogue show the shooter’s car circling the synagogue three times - once before the shooting, as Lipschutz was walking along the side of the building, again when the actual shooting occurred and then a third and final time after the shooting when rescue personnel had already arrived on scene. 

Audio taken from a nearby security camera captured the sound of twelve gunshots within the span of less than three seconds and sources said that police recovered more than half a dozen empty casings from the crime scene.

An advisory released by the Miami-Dade Police Department described the suspect as an African American man between the ages of 20 to 25 with a slim build and short-cropped hair.

The suspect was reported to be driving a 2006 to 2013 Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows at the time of the shooting.  Detective Lee Cowart of the Miami Dade Police Department said that police had yet to determine if the shooting was being classified as a hate crime but sources said that it is currently being investigated as if the hate crime determination had been made.

Community members have been discussing plans to have locals undergo security training but further steps need to be taken said North Miami Beach resident Alan Sakowitz.

“In 2019 you cannot police a community just by manpower,” Sakowitz told VIN News. “You have to have intelligence - a lot of cameras with facial recognition and license plate readers hooked into a database of wanted people so police are alerted before a crime happens and not after.”

Sakowitz noted that he recently made a kiddush to celebrate the birth of his granddaughter, arranging for an armed individual to be present.

“I didn’t want to have a large number of people and no one to respond if something happened,” said Sakowitz.  “There is nowhere in the world today where you can have a large number of people gathering and not have a need for security.”

Addressing congregants at Monday night’s service at the Young Israel of Greater Miami, synagogue president Damon Salzman noted that the shooting was the third to have taken place at a United States synagogue in less than year. 

Relating that none of his co-workers had heard of the shooting, Salzman urged fellow congregants to spread word of the incident to everyone they knew as well as elected officials at all levels in order to prevent future acts of violence and potential tragedies.

“Where is the outcry?” asked Salzman. “Where is the moral outrage? This is our home.  Someone came into our home and shot us.  The police presence right now is very nice. We appreciate it tremendously. But it’s a reaction. What is going to happen when things die down in a week or two weeks or a month or three months?”

National Council of Young Israel president Farley Weiss, a Boca Raton resident, drove to North Miami Beach in a show of support for the community. 

Addressing the congregation, Weiss shared that the Young Israel of Bal Harbour had received a suspicious package just hours earlier bearing anti-Semitic sentiments and threats and spoke strongly about combatting inflammatory rhetoric aimed at Jews on all fronts, especially social media.

“The hate is spreading, the hate crimes against Jews more than any other people,” said Weiss.  “But somehow the world is against hate except for when it comes to Jews.”



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 Jul 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Black shooter? Could be dark skinned Arab.

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 06:14 AM adar29 Says:

Why did north Miami young Israel's president said the perp was a bully. He could have used many adjectives. That one leads people to think he knew who the man is.

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 07:16 AM Educated Archy Says:

So it was a black? Not a white trump supporter? I guess it doesn't fit the narrative of yoni and his ilk trump haters

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 07:42 AM Anonymous Says:

This is the gratitude that Yidden receive, for us having helped the Blacks, during their struggle for civil rights!

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 09:52 AM yamsar Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

So it was a black? Not a white trump supporter? I guess it doesn't fit the narrative of yoni and his ilk trump haters

Suspect was identified to be black. Political affiliation is still unknown.

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

I have a simple question- why do we not ever express outrage following violent acts against us??
seems to me that we have we forgotten 'never again'....already

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 11:24 AM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is the gratitude that Yidden receive, for us having helped the Blacks, during their struggle for civil rights!

Wait, you think every black owes every Jew some debt of gratitude? Most Jews did not participate in the civil rights movement. Certainly few frum people.

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 11:41 AM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

So it was a black? Not a white trump supporter? I guess it doesn't fit the narrative of yoni and his ilk trump haters

Charlottesville & Pittsburgh

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 11:46 AM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is the gratitude that Yidden receive, for us having helped the Blacks, during their struggle for civil rights!

Really? That's one heck of a stretch.

How about the gratitude that AltYidden give liberal democrats for a long tradition of legislation outlawing discrimination in public accommodations and protecting their rights of religious expression?

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 02:56 PM YLeah Says:

we are now in the 3 weeks of BAIYN HAMEZORIM. these days. happened in the past God forbid many many tragedy's it reminds us if the BAIS HAMIKDASH was not rebuild in our days. then we gotta do TESHUVAH. Mr. Lipshutz is a sample of a dear kind pious. he was only the Target. So we shall wake up...Hashem should send him a REFUAH Shlema, a speedy fully recovery.. We have to regroup and have 24 hours Patrol Cars driving around with Radio call. and especially on SHABBATH a non jew Driver.. Maybe the State or the City have some Funds for Patrol....אין לנו על מי להשען אלא על אבינו שבשמים

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Really? That's one heck of a stretch.

How about the gratitude that AltYidden give liberal democrats for a long tradition of legislation outlawing discrimination in public accommodations and protecting their rights of religious expression?

And now the scum want to ban religious freedom and they support those who want to destroy Israel.

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 Jul 30, 2019 at 04:52 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Really? That's one heck of a stretch.

How about the gratitude that AltYidden give liberal democrats for a long tradition of legislation outlawing discrimination in public accommodations and protecting their rights of religious expression?

Times changed. Those laws you talk about are now used against us. Our public restrooms on hiemesha stroes will have to gender neutral, shicks will ahve to bake cakes for gay weddings, rabbis will possibly be forced to officiate etc... Schools are required to teach about them in their circulaim as per the NY state board of regents. Metzizia bepoh, kapparus and all minhagim dear to us are a threat.

What were once good laws are now being used against us.

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 Aug 02, 2019 at 11:29 AM kibachabatochnu Says:

Does anyone know his hebrew name so we could daven for him? I was recently at a shul which is now debating if money should be used for security or for chulent on shabbos. I vote for chulent because in the zechus of serving chulent on shabbos, less security would be necessary. Why is that? because the reason we eat chulent on shabbos is to show that the halacha is like beis hillel who holds that we may benefit from fire on shabbos as long as it was lit before shabbos. unlike beis shamai who holds that we may not. So by eating chulent on shabbos we are SECURING the opinion of beis hillel and that alone can secure us. If Young Israel does serve chulent every shabbos then this solution flies out the window.

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