(Jewish Exponent) — Shelly Levy and Ken Lebowitz had planned to bake their own challah for Shabbat on Friday, but then came the lockdown.
As residents of Watertown, Mass., ground zero for the citywide manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, they weren’t able to get out of the house to buy the necessary ingredients.
Levy was woken during the night by multiple explosions and gunfire down their street. Only later did they find out that the shootout that led to the death of the first suspect had occurred just a few blocks from their home.
Levy and Lebowitz, who first met as overseas students at Hebrew University, later lived in Israel for several years.
“This is nothing like Israel,” said Lebowitz, who was holed up with his wife and teenage son, Noah. “Can you imagine Israel shutting down a whole city looking for one 19-year kid?”