A message from shooting victim Rabbi that the entire world needs to hear

by Chaya Cikk

A strong message that needs to be heard. A message from Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Rabbi of the Chabad in Poway. A message that the world needs to hear and listen to with all their hearts.


Poway is a city in San Diego County, California. Poway gained its status as a city in 1980 and as of 2010 had a population of over 45,000 people. In the late 1800s, American settlers came to Poway to farm, they farmed fruit, grain, and dairy products.

The Chabad of Poway was established in 1986, to provide religious, educational and social activities. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was the first Rabbi of the Chabad of Poway. In 1997 Chabad built a community center, with a preschool, afternoon Hebrew school, senior center, library and meeting rooms.

27th April 2019

Many people remember dates, they remember them by events that took place on that day. The Chabad of Poway will not forget the 27th of April 2019. It was the last day of the Passover festival, many were gathered together in the Chabad House to pray. In walks a terrorist and shoots at the congregation, killing one and injuring many others.

The shooter called 911 to report the shooting and later was apprehended by Police, approximately 2 miles from the scene. This attack came exactly 6 months after the shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Even after being shot in the hand the Rabbi of the Chabad Synagogue, Rabbi Goldstein, stood up and said we must all be united. In Hebrew, he said ‘Am Yisroel Chay’ the people of Israel live’. The Jewish People must be united we can not let antisemitism win.

After the attack, many world leaders got up and condemned the attack. President Trump said “deepest sympathies to the families of those affected by the shooting“. Vice President, Mike Pence stated “We condemn in the strongest terms the evil & cowardly shooting at Chabad of Poway today as Jewish families celebrated Passover. No one should be in fear in a house of worship. Antisemitism isn’t just wrong – it’s evil”.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said “I condemn the abhorrent attack on a synagogue in California; this is an attack on the heart of the Jewish people. The international community must step up the struggle against anti-Semitism.” There are no words to describe how one feels after reading such sad and terrible news.

Meron - Devastated
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