Saying goodbye to a Brooklyn rabbi gunned down in Miami

Brooklyn Currents | 8/11/2014 | 0 comments

Family and friends were to gather on Monday, Aug. 11 to say goodbye to Rabbi Joseph Raksin, who was shot and killed Saturday morning on his way to synagogue in Miami.

He was airlifted to a trauma center in Florida, but doctors were unable to save him.

Rabbi Raksin of Crown Heights, a father of six, was in Florida visiting one of his children.

Rabbi Joseph Raksin
Investigators believe the 60-year-old rabbi may have been a victim of a robbery that turned deadly.

But Rabbi Raksin's family says anti-Semitism may have played a role in the shooting, especially since a swastika was found on a nearby Miami synagogue.

By this posting, Miami police were still searching for the two attackers.

Hava Holzhauer, the Florida regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement: "At this time, it appears to be a robbery that went badly. Currently no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism. While our community is on high alert due to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have coincided with hostilities in the Middle East, we must be careful not to assume this was a hate-motivated crime unless or until such information is discovered and released by law enforcement."

The Miami Jewish community is offering $50,000  for information leading to the arrest of the attackers.  Anyone with such information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477)

                                         --  From NY1, JTA, Hamodia, and the Miami Herald

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