Family of Yale fiance avoids holiday services

Relatives of the man who lost his fiancee to a killer at Yale University said last week they planned to observe the High Holy Days in private as they grieve for her.

The family of Jonathan Widawsky said a day before Rosh Hashanah that they will not attend services for the “foreseeable future.” They said they wanted to “facilitate the safety, security and sensitivity” of services at their synagogue, Temple Beth El on New York’s Long Island.

Beth El planned to hold a memorial service for the 24-year-old Le on Sept. 23. Widawsky was to marry 24-year-old Annie Le at the synagogue on Sept. 13, the day her body was found in a research building at Yale. Beth El Cantor Sandra Sherry said Le had “not yet” converted to Judaism.

Police have arrested and charged a lab technician with murder. Le’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, in El Dorado County, northeast of Sacramento. — ap