Statement on Jerusalem terror attacks 

Jan. 30, 2023 

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), released the following statement:

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the killing of seven Israelis outside a Jerusalem synagogue on Friday evening, the deadliest terror attack in Israel since 2011.

“According to the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), ‘[T]he murdered individuals included: a married couple, Eli Mizrahi and Natali Mizrahi who heard the gunshots, and rushed outside to help, but were murdered while trying to save others. Raphael Ben Eliyahu, age 56, who was survived by his wife and four children, one of whom was injured and is now hospitalized; Asher Natan, a 14-year-old boy survived by his parents and seven brothers; Shaul Hai, 68 years old, who left behind three sons and a daughter; Ilya Sosansky, 26 years old, who was survived by his parents; and Irina Korolova, a 59-year-old, who worked as a caregiver.’ May their memories be for a blessing.

“The next day, a father and son were shot and seriously injured just outside the walls of the Old City and steps away from a popular Jerusalem tourism site. Shockingly, their assailant was a 13-year-old boy. Like the terrorist from Friday night’s attack, he was also a resident of Jerusalem. We wish both the father and son a complete recovery in body and spirit.”

Photo: Victims killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem on January 27, 2023, clockwise from top right: Asher Natan, 14, Eli, 48, and Natali Mizrahi, 45, Ilya Sosansky, 26, Rafael Ben Eliyahu, 56, Irina Korolova, 59, and Shaul Hai, 68. (Courtesy via


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