Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the Director of Chabad of Poway in California who was injured in the shooting attack at his center this past Pesach, had his hand and its function successfully restored.

Rabbi Goldstein was about to deliver a sermon on the final day of Pesach when a gunman entered his synagogue near San Diego and opened fire, killing community member Lori Kaye. The rabbi was miraculously saved but lost a finger in the attack.

At his public appearances following the anti-Semitic attack, during press conferences, public lectures and a highly visible meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House, Rabbi Goldstein was seen wearing a blue cast which covered his hand.

This week, the cast was removed as he underwent high definition silicone restoration otherwise called a Lifelike Prosthesis at Orthocraft Prosthetic and Orthotic Services in Brooklyn. 

“It was an honor to meet Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad in Poway and help him restore his hand and function,” said Sam Heifetz, who is a third-generation certified prosthetist, who felt from an early age the calling to help restore function to the amputee community.

“His lost finger during the horrific attack in his synagogue is a physical reminder of hate but his counterattack of inner strength, trust in God and bringing good to the world sheds light over and over,” Heifetz commented.