Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein Will Attend National Prayer Day Event in White House

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Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein holds a yellow rose given to his family by Lori Gilbert-Kaye, days before she became the sole fatality of the shooting at Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, California. (Reuters/John Gastaldo)

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the rabbi injured during the shooting at Chabad of Poway, was invited to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Day of Prayer event at the White House.

Times of San Diego reported that President Donald Trump extended the invitation to Rabbi Goldstein earlier this week as the two spoke after the shooting. On Monday, Goldstein told the media that President Trump spoke to him for 15 minutes “like a friend, like a buddy.”

Rabbi Goldstein also met with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s advisor on Israel, on Wednesday before leaving for Washington, who described Goldstein as “a pillar of strength.”

Rabbi Goldstein will be joined at the White House gathering by Oscar Stewart, the combat veteran who confronted the shooter and forced him to flee, Jonathan Morales, the off-duty border patrol agent who engaged the shooter as he fled from Stewart, Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, Regional Director of Chabad of San Diego, and Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort of Chabad of La Costa.