- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2014

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Miami are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to two men suspected of killing a 60-year-old rabbi as he walked to temple Saturday morning.

Joseph Raksin, who was in town from New York visiting his daughters, was shot to death by two young black males about 9 a.m. in North Miami Beach, just a few blocks from where swastikas had been spray-painted on a synagogue two weeks ago.

The neighborhood is largely Orthodox, with 11 synagogues in the area, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Police do not yet have a good description of the shooters and say there are no signs that it was a hate crime, the station reported.

“At this time, it appears to be a robbery that went badly,” said Hava Holzhauer, Florida regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “Currently, no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism. While our community is on high alert due to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have coincided with hostilities in the Middle East, we must be careful not to assume this was a hate-motivated crime unless or until such information is discovered and released by law enforcement.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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