Las Vegas rabbi talks about isolation after plot against synagogue
Las Vegas Review Journal, Rachel Crosby, August 14, 2019
Early Saturday, Rabbi Jered Hundley stood before his crowded Las Vegas congregation hoping to share with them, not scare them.
In the audience were about 110 familiar faces, mostly adults but also young children. They sat quietly, listening. Hundley felt profoundly alone.
With a deep breath, he explained that the unidentified synagogue described Friday in national headlines — the synagogue that a Las Vegas man had just been accused of plotting an attack against — was theirs.
“There were audible sounds of people as the realization hit them,” Hundley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.
Conor Climo, 23, was charged Friday in connection with bomb-making materials found in his home, about 7 miles from Lev HaShem Messianic Synagogue, located at 3644 N. Rancho Drive. Before the arrest was announced to the media, an FBI agent called Hundley to alert him directly.
The details were disturbing: There were talks of using Molotov cocktails and improvised explosive devices on his congregation, the agent told him.
Prosecutors in a federal complaint also said Climo sent a satellite image of Hundley’s synagogue to an undercover FBI agent, highlighting a possible escape route after an attack. In online conversations with white supremacists, he used racial, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs, according to the complaint.