‘Shock and disbelief’: injured rabbi’s sister in Sydney speaks

Rebbetzin Shternie Ulman (centre) with Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and sister Leah Perl.

THE Australian-based sister of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot when a gunman stormed his synagogue in San Diego, killing one congregant and injuring three others, has spoken of her “shock and disbelief” upon hearing news of the attack.

Sydney’s Rebbetzin Shternie Ulman, the wife of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe’s Rabbi Yehoram Ulman, spoke exclusively to The AJN this week about her special bond with her brother, who made international headlines for his courage in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in the hands, walks towards a press conference with Poway Mayor Steve Vaus outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, California on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

“I was woken up Sunday morning just after 6am to a call from my niece who was frantic and asked me if I heard the news about the shooting in my brother’s shule,” Rebbetzin Ulman told The AJN.

“She told me that he was shot in the hands, and sent me news clips. I was in shock and disbelief. It made me sick to my stomach the thought of it.”

The shooting took place at the Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of Pesach, exactly six months after the Tree of Life synagogue attack in Pittsburgh.

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, was killed and three people, including Rabbi Goldstein and an eight-year-old girl, were injured.

EVAN ZLATKIS

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