The Maimonides School released the following statement:
The Maimonides School Family is engulfed in grief and outrage today, as our 1973 graduate, Rabbi Mosheh Twersky, z”l, was murdered in a terrorist attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof section of Jerusalem this morning.
Rabbi Twersky was the son of Dr. Atarah and Rabbi Yitzhak Twersky, zt”l, and the grandson of the founder of Maimonides School, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt”l. He is survived by his mother, his wife Bashy, five children and many grandchildren.
Rabbi Twersky has lived in Jerusalem for more than 30 years, He was the dean of Torat Moseh Yeshiva, named for his great-grandfather.
According to a report by Lazar Berman ’99 in The Times of Israel, “Police said two attackers from East Jerusalem entered the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood at 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax. Both terrorists were killed by police within seven minutes.”
“Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another moderately hurt. The attack occurred at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, located in a religious institution which includes a study hall.”
“One of the worshipers said the two terrorists shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the attack, and entered the synagogue without their faces covered.
“Photos taken from inside the synagogue after the attack showed bloodied male worshipers lying on the floor, still wrapped in their prayer shawls and phylacteries.”