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Help for a Hero Who Thwarted an Attack

Yaakov works for a pizzeria in the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. On October 13, his brother and niece came to visit him at the pizzeria. But while they talked with one another, they realized there was a commotion outside.The pizzeria is located right near a near the bus stop, and, at the time, a crowd of people were waiting at the stop. Suddenly, an attacker ran into the crowd of people, and then got out of his car and began striking them with an ax.Turning his head to the window, Yaakov heard a woman screaming, “Terrorist! Terrorist!” and quickly sprang into action. He immediately told his brother to go hide in the back room along with his daughter. Then, Yaakov ran outside to the bus stop.Yaakov tried to subdue the attacker, but he was very tall, so they both wrestled for a while, struggling to gain control of one another. Yaakov finally jumped on the attacker, pushed him against the wall, and then managed to pin him to the floor with his body weight. Simultaneously, Yaakov shouted to the security guard, who was working at one of the stores across the street, to come quickly. When the security guard came, he fired several bullets. Then, security forces arrived and restrained the attacker, who eventually died during the night.While Yaakov is very lucky to have survived – and also very brave for saving many terror victims – he now suffers from trauma. Fellowship staff member Eva Geller met with Yaakov's wife, Oshrat, and his four children to deliver a $1,000 check to the family to help with medical expenses.Oshrat thanked The Fellowship and graciously accepted the helpful gift: "I want to thank Rabbi Eckstein and The Fellowship for this generous assistance. We're going to need this money for psychological treatments for Yaakov. He's a real hero and I'm very proud of him, but he doesn't sleep well at night and has lots of nightmares. Thank you for caring enough to help."The Fellowship continues to help Jewish families who fall victim to attack, hoping they can make a full recovery and heal from their trauma. And when delivering grants to people like Yaakov, who bravely protected others from terror, we feel especially grateful for our Christian friends around the world who make this support possible!


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