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Tree of Life Rabbi: Trump is Always Welcome

2018-10-29 16:20
"Three people from Dor Hadash, one of the synagogues in our building, ran down the stairs. As they ran down the stairs, I could see them from the rear of my sanctuary. Another round of what I now knew was gunfire came out. I can't tell you how I knew it was gunfire because I have never heard gunfire before, but just something told me that this was some sort of semi-automatic weapon. At that time I instructed my congregants to drop to the floor, do not utter a sound, and don't move. Our pews are thick hulled oak, and I thought perhaps there's some protection there. The people that were in the front of my sanctuary, I quickly tried to usher them up to the front out some doors in the front towards exits or towards a closet, some place that they could hide, some place safe. I turned back to see if I could help the remaining eight people in the back of my congregation. At that time I could hear the gunfire getting louder. It was no longer safe for me to be there, and I had to leave them. One of the eight was shot and she's survived her wounds. The other seven of my congregants were gunned down in my sanctuary. There was nothing I could do."