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Rabbis Killed in Attack on Israeli Synagogue Had Lakewood Ties

Moshe Twersky (Credit: Haaretz)

Moshe Twersky (Credit: Haaretz)

A rabbi killed in a brutal attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel, is the father of a Lakewood resident, and other local families have tied to at least one of the other victims in the attack.

U.S.-born Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, was the head of an English-speaking yeshiva that was widely known in the Orthodox Jewish community both in the U.S. and Israel. He died along with two other Americans, a British citizen and an Israeli police officer when two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers, a gun and an ax stormed the synagogue during morning prayers. The attackers, reportedly cousins, were ultimate killed by Israeli police officers.

Twersky’s son, Refoel Twersky, resides in Lakewood, where the local Orthodox community worked through the overnight hours to ensure he and his family could make it to Israel in time for funeral services, The Lakewood Scoop reported.

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The Lakewood Scoop also reported that “several other families” in Lakewood are related to one of the other victims.

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