Tuesday’s horrific attack on Jerusalem’s Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue, where Palestinian terrorists killed four Jewish worshippers and injured five more, has profoundly, tragically and permanently affected the lives of a man who grew up in Jewish Toronto, and his family.

Howie Rothman, 54, a father of 10 children ranging in age from 4 to 24, six of whom still live at home, was deep in prayer when the terrorists began their barbaric attack, suffering multiple stab wounds to his head, neck, eyes and arms.

Howie, who graduated from Toronto’s TanenbaumCHAT, has already lost an eye and undergone three surgeries, and is presently in a medically-induced coma. He has also suffered brain damage and, as the family’s main breadwinner, the Israeli government employee will likely not be able to work for the foreseeable future. Howie’s 80 year-old mother Mollie lives in Toronto.

Howie and his family are desperately in need of our help.

To that end, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has established the Howie Rothman & Family Victim of Terror Assistance Fund, with funds raised going towards Howie’s medical bills, basic household expenses, his children’s needs and other essential needs.

Contributions to this Fund are not tax-receipted/deductible, due to CRA regulations.

“He couldn’t hurt a fly,” said Howie’s 17-year-old daughter Yaffa. “He puts other people’s needs in front of his. And he shouldn’t be suffering. It’s not supposed to happen to him.”

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