Nov 18, 2014 - Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, of Jerusalem was killed when two terrorists attacked worshipers in a synagogue of the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem the wielding a gun and butcher knives.
At 7: 00 on Tuesday morning, two terrorists wielding
a gun and butcher knives entered the Kehillat Bnei Torah
synagogue on Harav Shimon Agassi Street
in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem
. They began attacking
worshipers, stabbing them before opening fire. About 30 worshipers were
in the midst of the morning prayers, wearing prayer shawls and
phylacteries. Four people were killed in the attack, among them Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky.
Kupinsky was born and raised in the metropolitan Detroit area, where his family were members of what is today Young Israel of Oak Park, one of the biggest Orthodox Jewish congregations in Michigan. His parents taught at Wayne State University and were well known in the tight-knit community of Modern Orthodox Jews. Aryeh attended elementary school at Akiva Hebrew Day School in Southfield until he moved to Israel with his family at the age of 11.
The Kupinsky family lived at first in Kiryat Arba, and Aryeh attended yeshiva at Kerem BeYavneh and later Heichal HaTorah. He served in the Casualty Identification Unit of the IDF Rabbinate.Aryeh Kupinsky, who
was a kashrut supervisor and worked in computers, prayed regularly at the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in Har Nof where he was killed. Aryeh
was known to never refuse anyone seeking assistance in any form, always
seeking ways to assist others.
Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife and five children, aged 5 to 16. His daughter Chaya Chana tragically died two years ago in her sleep at the age of 13.