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Chabad Of Poway Rabbi Steps Down

Yisroel Goldstein, Rabbi of Chabad of Poway, speaks April 29, 2019, during th...

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Above: Yisroel Goldstein, Rabbi of Chabad of Poway, speaks April 29, 2019, during the memorial service for Lori Kaye, who is pictured at left. Kaye was killed April 27, 2019, when a gunman opened fire inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue. Goldstein was injured in the shooting.

Yisroel Goldstein, the rabbi at the Chabad of Poway where a gunman opened fire last spring, is stepping down from his day-to-day duties.

The April 27 attack on the synagogue left 60-year-old Lori Kaye dead and three others injured, including Goldstein who lost a finger.

According to several news reports, Goldstein's decision to step down is related to PTSD he has from the incident. He will transition to the position of rabbi emeritus while his son, Mendel Goldstein, assumes the day-to-day responsibilities of leading the synagogue.

John T. Earnest, 20, was arrested and charged with more than 100 counts in connection with the shooting. He told police in a 911 recording that he committed the shooting because the Jewish people were destroying the white race. He faces the death penalty.

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