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Phoenix-Area Jewish Community Shaken After California Shooting

Saturday’s  shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, has left members of the Jewish community horrified.

Rabbi Robert Kravitz, president of the Greater Phoenix Board of Rabbis, said he’s alarmed by the increase in hate-based incidents in the country, dating back to 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. That’s when a man drove his car into a crowd, killing a woman who had been protesting a gathering of white supremacists.

“I believe we’re seeing this increase," Kravitz said, "because permission has been granted from the highest levels to do and to say anything they please and there is no situation which is off limits.”

Kravitz said leaders should be using their platforms to stop hate-based incidents, and reconsider the nation’s gun laws.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.