The violence in Israel just struck home in Atlanta, with the stabbing death of Elisheva Rose Ida Lubin in Jerusalem. The 20-year-old member of the Israel Border Police reportedly made Aliyah in 2021 and was designated a “lone soldier” – meaning in Israel without her family – in March last year. She lived on Kibbutz Sa’ad, a religious kibbutz in the Negev.
The daughter of David and Robin Lubin, Elisheva grew up in Dunwoody.
Lubin’s aunt, Elise Kosofsky, is on the board of Camp Ramah Darom and is reportedly on her way to Israel. The organization released a statement of sympathy just after noon on Monday.
On Instagram, a recording of a short video with Lubin’s cousin, Dovi Halpern, who made Aliyah with his family a couple of years ago, showed Lubin happily exchanging “shabbat shalom” greetings with him. It’s unclear when the video was made but the Instagram message stated that it was one of her last videos taken. In it she waves and tells her family that she loves them.
She was critically injured in a stabbing attack near the Herod’s Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City Monday morning, and subsequently died of her wounds. According to Israeli press the 16-year-old Palestinian assailant was shot dead by other Border Police officers. Another Israeli officer was moderately wounded in the attack.
Sgt. Lubin was a featured guest at the Friends of Israel Defense Forces annual gala held in May. While at the gala, Sgt. Lubin said, “If you ever stroll through the Damascus Gate, toss me a high five and I will welcome you.”
Her extended family includes the Lubin, Halpern, Hirsch and Oppenheimer families, with more than 40 members joining the event in May.
Dave Schechter contributed to the story. This is a developing story. More information will come.