By COLlive reporter
Family, friends and neighbors of Rabbi Yosef Raksin HY”D will be gathering this week to mark 30 days since he was gunned down while walking to synagogue on Shabbos morning.
The event will be held on Monday, September 8, at 7:30pm at Oihel Nosson Shul at 580 Crown Street in Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Jewish neighborhood where he lived with his family.
His children will be reciting the mourners’ Kaddish over his killing, while still trying to comprehend how his peaceful visit to his daughter and grandchildren ended so brutally.
Verses of Tehillim will be said and the Mishnayos which was learned in memory of Yosef Yitzchok ben Shraga Feivel will be concluded during the evening, as customary.
Addressing the crowd will be Rabbi Nissen Mangel, a Holocaust survivor and Rabbi of Ksav Sofer Shul in Crown Heights, and renowned speaker Rabbi YY Jacobson, who both knew Raksin.
But the family wants it to be more than a memorial.
The Raksins told COLlive.com that they are inviting the wider public to attend the event and use the opportunity to send a strong message to the Miami-Dade Police and authorities, as an arrest has still not been made.
“The feeling we are getting is that they are just talking us down and hoping that the hype will just die down,” says his son-in-law, Rabbi Leib Ezagui, Youth Director of the Jewish Camp of the Arts in Florida.
Ezagui said: “We expect the police to get their act together and pull this case together. If they really are working day and night on the case they should be more transparent and let us know what the situation is.”
“The Miami police keep saying they are working on it and they can’t let out any other information so not to ruin the investigation,” he said, noting that they’ve hardly been in touch with the family.
New York City Council member Laurie Cumbo, who represents Crown Heights, has written to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez asking to make progress in the case.
“On behalf of the Crown Heights community, the Jewish Caucus, and the Raksin family, we urge you and the Miami-Dade Police Department to continue to prioritize this investigation and to utilize all available resources to resolve this case,” she wrote.
“Individuals who engage in such acts must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Cumbo added in the August 19, 2014 letter.