By COLlive reporter
Members of the North Miami Beach Jewish community have expressed major concerns about security after the recent shooing which took place there this week.
Rabbi Yosef Raksin, a New York resident who was visiting his children, was gunned down while walking to Bais Menachem Shul on Shabbos morning.
Hundreds of local residents gathered at a meeting on Wednesday night at the same Shul to discuss security measures and hear from police, prosecutors with the Sate Attorneys Office and members of the Department of Homeland Security.
Police officials assured residents that a large team is working the case from every angle. They also spoke about safety, police response and security in the predominantly Jewish area.
Local residents have expressed concern that the shooting was a hate crime and not a random mugging, because it is known that Orthodox Jews do not carry wallets on Shabbos.
Rabbi Yosef Marlow, director of Bais Menachem Shul of North Miami Beach, said he is hoping the police will catch the perpetrators of the crime which shook the community to its core.
“We are looking forward to results. We are looking forward to see a calm, safe and secure community,” Rabbi Marlow told WSVN Miami.
Before the meeting, Rabbi Marlow helped Captain Rand of the Police Dept. to put on Tefillin, who said he agreed to do so in merit of Rabbi Raksin, whose killers have not yet been found.
“The captain was very affected by putting on Tefillin and saying the Shema,” one attendee said. “He mentioned it when he spoke to the hundreds of members of the Shul and the community who had gathered.”
The local Jewish community is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone with any information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.