Holocaust survivor 4 minutes late to synagogue, ‘I survived the second time’
PITTSBURGH – Judah Samet arrived at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh at 9:49 a.m. Saturday, delayed four minutes because of a conversation with his housekeeper. Those four minutes likely saved the 80-year-old's life. "If I was inside the synagogue, I would be in the line of fire," Samet tells Forward as he recounts the 11 victims, where they sat, and what they were like; he knew almost all of them after 55 years at Tree of Life, where he had led morning services for years and chanted the Torah for four decades.