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After shooting at San Diego area synagogue, Jewish leaders share their thoughts on the rise of violence directed at religious groups

TOPSHOT - Sheriff's crime scene tape is placed in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Poway, California. - A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, killing one person and injuring three others including the rabbi as worshippers marked the final day of Passover, officials said Saturday, April 27, 2019. The shooting in the town of Poway came exactly six months after a white supremacist shot dead 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue -- the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sheriff's crime scene tape is placed in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Poway, California.

On Saturday, a shooter opened fire at a synagogue outside San Diego, killing one person and injuring three.

On Saturday, a shooter opened fire at a synagogue outside San Diego, killing one person and injuring three.

The sheriff says they’re investigating the attack as a possible hate crime after discovering a nine-page manifesto filled with anti-semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Authorities said the 19-year-old gunman opened fire as about 100 people were worshipping exactly six months after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Police searched the gunman’s house and said he was also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that witnesses said Lori Kaye, 60, died while trying to protect Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from gunfire. Goldstein was wounded in the index fingers on both hands while Noya Dahan, 8, was hit with shrapnel in the face and leg, and Almong Peretz, 34, was shot in the leg as he ushered children in a playroom to safety.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll get the latest on the police investigation into the shooting, talk to local Rabbis about how synagogues are dealing with the rise of hate crimes and violence targeting religious groups, and take your calls at 866-892-5722.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Priya Sridhar, reporter for KPBS in San Diego; she is reporting at the scene for the shooting; she tweets

Rabbi Sharon Brous, senior and founding rabbi of of IKAR, a Jewish congregation in Los Angeles

Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of many books, including her latest, “Einstein and the Rabbi” (Flatiron Books, 2017); founder and leader of NASHUVA, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in L.A.

Amanda Susskind, Los Angeles regional director for the Anti-Defamation League; she tweets

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