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Trump calls to ‘comfort’ rabbi after deadly synagogue shooting

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein says he was ‘amazed’ to receive call from US president

US President Donald Trump arrives at a rally at Resch Center Complex in Green Bay, Wis., Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US President Donald Trump arrives at a rally at Resch Center Complex in Green Bay, Wis., Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

POWAY, California (JTA) — US President Donald Trump placed a condolence call to the spiritual leader of the Poway, the California synagogue where a shooting Saturday killed one and injured three others.

“He spoke about his love of peace and Judaism and Israel,” said Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, of Chabad of Poway, speaking Sunday to the press in front of his congregation.

The rabbi said he was “amazed” to hear from an American president, and the call lasted between 10 and 15 minutes.

“He was so comforting,” the rabbi said.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks at a news conference at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, April 28, 2019, in Poway, California (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

The incident is being treated as a hate crime, and the gunman, John Earnest, 19, has been charged Sunday with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Chabad congregant Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, died in Saturday’s shooting.

Elected officials across the political spectrum have condemned Saturday’s violence, which coincided with the final day of Passover and came six months after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people.

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