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Chabad of Poway Shooting (2019)
Chabad of Poway Shooting (2019)
April 27, 2019
San Diego
United States
Total victims:
Photo by Denis Poroy/Associated Press

Chabad of Poway Shooting (2019)

1 Jew was killed in an antisemitic attack in San Diego, US on 4/28/2019

The attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue during Passover, killing one and injuring three, highlighted the persistent threat of religious and racial hatred.

The shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego on April 27, 2019, was a harrowing act of antisemitic violence, shocking the local community and the nation at large. Occurring on the last day of Passover, a festival celebrating freedom and resilience, this attack tragically underscored the ongoing challenges of religious and racial hatred.


The Chabad of Poway, part of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement, is a center for Jewish life and learning in Poway, a city in San Diego County, California. The synagogue, known for its open and welcoming atmosphere, became the site of one of the most distressing antisemitic attacks in recent U.S. history.

Details of the Attack:

On that fateful morning, as congregants gathered for Passover services, a gunman entered the synagogue. Armed with an AR-15-style rifle, the attacker, identified as John T. Earnest, a 19-year-old college student, opened fire on the congregation. Despite his weapon jamming, Earnest's attack resulted in the death of one congregant and the injury of three others, including the synagogue's rabbi.

The shooter fled the scene but surrendered to law enforcement shortly afterward. His online manifesto revealed deep-seated antisemitic and white supremacist beliefs, indicating that the attack was a hate crime motivated by religious intolerance.

Victims of the Attack:

The victims of this senseless act of violence included:

Lori Gilbert-Kaye: Aged 60, she was a long-standing and beloved member of the Chabad community. Known for her kindness and philanthropy, Gilbert-Kaye was fatally shot as she shielded the synagogue's rabbi with her body, an act of extraordinary bravery and selflessness. Her death was mourned deeply both within and beyond the Jewish community.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein: The synagogue's rabbi was injured, losing a finger in the shooting. Despite his wounds, Rabbi Goldstein continued to address and comfort his congregation immediately after the attack, embodying resilience and courage.

Almog Peretz and Noya Dahan: Peretz, aged 34, and his niece, Dahan, aged 8, were both injured. They were visiting from Israel and attended the service when the shooting occurred. Their injuries, though not life-threatening, were a traumatic experience, especially for a young child.

The aftermath of the shooting saw an outpouring of support and solidarity from people of all faiths and backgrounds. Vigils and interfaith gatherings were organized, and there was a renewed commitment to combating antisemitism and all forms of hate. The attack at the Chabad of Poway not only left a scar on the community it directly affected but also served as a somber reminder of the need for vigilance against the forces of intolerance and bigotry. The courage and unity displayed in the wake of this tragedy stand as a testament to the enduring strength of faith and community against hatred.

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