Relatives of El Paso rabbi inside Calif. synagogue during deadly shooting

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The local Jewish community is not staying quiet following the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, Calif. on Saturday.

The incident left one woman, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, dead and three others injured.

El Paso Rabbi Yisrael Greenberg tells KTSM his son-in-law and three grandchildren were inside the San Diego-area synagogue when the shots were fired. 

His relatives were not physically injured, but are still shaken from the incident.

“Our grandchildren were actually in the same foyer of the place where the murderer came in, so I feel like it hit closer to home,” Rabbi Greenberg said, “and that woman that was killed actually came (to El Paso) about five years ago to participate in the wedding of our daughter that came from Poway.”

Senior Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the father-in-law of Rabbi Greenberg’s daughter, is the leader of the congregation and was injured in the attack.

He says the local Jewish community is devastated to hear that worshippers were targeted.

“Let us each take upon ourselves a new mitzvah this week to combat the ugly hate that has again reared its ugly face,” Rabbi Greenberg wrote.

He adds that they knew Gilbert-Kaye and described her as a “kind” and “heroic” person. 

“She was a paragon of kindness and compassion,” Rabbi Greenberg wrote. “We extend heartfelt sympathy to her family and the entire Chabad of Poway community upon their terrible loss.” 

The rabbis say they are praying for a speedy recovery for Rabbi Goldstein. 

“Let us pray that G-d send healing and comfort to the Jewish community of Poway,” Rabbi Greenberg wrote. “We pray for the day when all evil and hatred will vanish from the world, with the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our days.”

Rabbi Goldberg is inviting the community to join in a prayer gathering at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue located at 6615 Westwind.

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