One element that made the Poway synagogue shooting very different from the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was the membership stayed w.
Chabad of Poway was not only more traditional, its congregants included a Border Patrol officer and a military vet who reacted quickly to the shooter. And a number of Israeli tourists who also quickly jumped into action. That significantly minimized the death toll.
Leading the way was Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein who acted quickly to save the children under fire, losing a finger in the process.
Rabbi Goldstein with his congregants after the shooting, despite being wounded, delivering an impromptu sermon. And he spoke movingly and convincingly.
Here he is now at the White House, putting the lie to the media’s attempts to blame President Trump for anti-Semitic violence.
President Donald Trump has celebrated the National Day of Prayer with survivors of last weekend’s Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting.
Trump and rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of the Chabad of Poway synagogue spoke by telephone after Saturday’s shooting. Goldstein told celebrants during a ceremony Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden that Trump was the first person “who began my healing.”
Goldstein thanked Trump for being, “as they say in Yiddish, a mensch par excellence.” Mensch is Yiddish for a “person of integrity and honor.” Trump said Goldstein is an “incredible man.”
Two other heroes of the tragedy, off-duty Border Patrol agent Johnathan Morales and Army veteran Oscar Stewart, attended the ceremony.
Lori Kaye was killed and three others were injured in the shooting, including the rabbi, who lost a finger.