The woman killed in Saturday’s synagogue shooting was hailed as a hero after it emerged she was hit while saving her Brooklyn-born rabbi’s life.
Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, died during the Passover celebration at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego when gunman John T. Earnest, 19, burst in and opened firewith “an AR-type weapon,” injuring three others, according to police and witnesses.
It emerged Sunday morning that Lori dived in front of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 57, who was hit in his hands and believes the worshiper saved his life, according to reports…
…Israel’s minister of diaspora affairs, Naftali Bennett, called Gilbert-Kaye a “hero who will be remembered in Jewish history.”
“She sacrificed her own life, throwing herself in the path of the murderer’s bullets to save the life of the Rabbi,” he said, according to the Jewish Press. “She has been described by those who knew her as an ‘Eshet Chayil,’ a ‘Woman of Valor,’ and I would add, a true Hero of Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and daughter, may they find great comfort in Lori’s tremendous example and courage.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also paid tribute.
“We send our condolences to Lori Gilbert-Kaye’s family and wish a speedy recovery to those left wounded,” Netanyahu said. “The international community must step up its fight against anti-Semitism.”
The attack happened six months to the day after 11 people were massacred at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.