“We had to come,” Pence told Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was among those injured in the attack.
Before putting on a kippah and entering the Poway synagogue, Pence hugged the rabbi.
Goldstein blessed the couple on the sanctuary’s stage.
“To me there was a very short moment of darkness,” the rabbi said. “That darkness was pushed out of here. God was really protecting us.”
Pence told Goldstein: “Your faith and courage are an inspiration to the nation.”
The vice president wrote on Twitter: “Karen & I were honored to stop by the Chabad of Poway, the site of a terrible shooting in April. To Rabbi Goldstein — your faith & courage is an inspiration to the nation. No one should fear in a house of worship. We will always condemn evil acts of antisemitism. We are with you!”