Noah Pozner, Six Year Old Jewish Victim of Newtown Shooting, Laid to Rest

December 17, 2012 10:17 am 18 comments

6 year old Noah Pozner was the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook massacre.

The youngest victim of Friday’s tragic elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut was Noah Pozner, a six year-old Jewish boy who, along with 19 other classmates and 6 teachers was murdered by a lone gunman. Today, Noah was laid to rest.

The Pozner family are members of the Adath Israel synagogue in Newtown, and on Sunday the rabbi at the synagogue spoke to National Public Radio about the time he spent visiting with Noah’s parents shortly after they discovered his fate.

“I told the mother that was grieving that I personally believe in the eternity of the soul, and I believe that she will see her son again,” Rabbi Shaul Praver said. “Other than that theological comment, the rest of it was getting her to think about taking a breath and not trying to plan the rest of her life out right now because she says, ‘What am I going to do without my baby?’”

Noah’s family had only recently moved to Newtown from Brooklyn, in part, CBS News reports, to escape the perceived dangers of New York city’s public school system.

The devout Jewish family have announced that memorial contributions donated in the boy’s name will be used to fund the planting of trees in Israel.

On Sunday video was released of Lenny Pozner, Noah’s father, donning tefillin prior to his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama who comforted the families of victims before speaking at an interfaith prayer vigil last night.

The video of Lenny Pozner can be viewed below.

18 Comments

  • Dear Noah,

    God Bless you and your family. I can only pray that you are in God’s most special place in Heaven looking down at your wonderful family and smiling. Ever since I first saw your picture, I thought my son looks like you. Seeing you face and smile brings me to tears every time. I pray for all of the children every day. I will never forget you, little man.

  • Dear Noah,

    Little Man, G-d rest your soul. Ever since I saw the first picture of you I said that you look like my son. It is just so painful to think of so many innocent little souls gone. I pray that G-d has set asid the best part of Heaven for all of you. I pray that you are looking down and smiling at your families. Noah, you are loved by all.

  • christine prosano

    I love that little boy. Such a beautiful little guy. I wish I could of met him and hugged him and give him and his sisters whatever they wanted at the toy store. God bless Noah and his family. It is so so sad & I can not imagine what his family is going through. I am not jewish and do not know the prayers but I pray for them to get through this…

  • According to the Jewish religion in Hebrew we say that Noah is a Sivich for Veronika the mommy. Since he was only 6 years old, he was never married. Sivich means that Noah soul (Neshuma) lives within his mommy and he is closer to her now than before. God bless you sweet Noah. Your name is a Hebrew name and so is Ariel.

  • ברוך דין האמת. Poor dear child. Allof them. Such endless sorrow and for so senseless a loss.
    We could have done without Our First Cipher campaigning again. Shameless.

  • This is a big loss to everyone, regardless of religion. Not all of the children are Jewish, and to me, it makes no difference. All 20 children are gone, and its a loss for the entire world. For Noah, and all of the children, Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Lutheran, whatever they may choose. They are now with God.

  • Can you post his hebrew name and fathers name so we can do mitzvos or learn for his precious neshama?

  • I grieve for the loss of all those innocent children and their teachers, and pray that the day will come soon B’Ezras Hashem when all the world’s suffering will end. May G-d send the families strength and comfort for their terrible loss.
    But please, forgive me for asking if the Rabbi mentioned in the article can really be so obtuse? Regarding his time with the grieving mother and father of Noah Pozner:”…the rest of it was getting her to think about taking a breath and not trying to plan the rest of her life out right now because she says, ‘What am I going to do without my baby?’” Rabbi Praver, when a woman G-d forbid loses a child and says this, she is NOT worrying about how to fill her calendar! It is an existential cry of anguish! Of not knowing how to be ALIVE any more without her baby! I hope you were much more sensitive than what comes across here.
    As for the donations in Noah’s memory, I think it would be very fitting for them to be directed to the nurturing of Israel’s children, not her trees. I don’t know why the Conservative Movement has not realized that the needs of Israel’s hungry, her orphans, victims of terrorism, those who cannot afford an education or dental care or shoes…are far more pressing than reforestation which has largely been accomplished. I hope someone from Adath Israel Newtown reads this. I hope Jewish people everywhere get the message. Please G-d, help show us how to care for each other better!

  • Baruch Dayan Haemet. Truly senseless. Painful.

  • אונדזער הערצער זענען אָנגעפילט מיט טרויער. מנוחה אין שלום, נח.אונדזער הערצער זענען אָנגעפילט מיט טרויער. מנוחה אין שלום, נח.
    Our hearts are filled with sadness. Rest in peace, Noah!

  • Even in Australia, so far away, we feel the tragedy of this senseless act and can only express our sincere sympathy to all of those affected. May those trees grow and flourish in Israel as an expression of our resolute determination to survive what ever mankind throws at us

  • RIP. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God will keep you. May the Lord bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten.

  • Precious Baby~~you’re in God’s loving Arms now~~may He wrap your loving survivors in His warmth and give them the peace only He can~~

  • Noah, it is your innocent face and the innocent smile that broke my heart and brought me to tears. May God be with your loved ones who are left behind.

  • Beautiful, precious son. Rest in peace beautiful boy.

  • May Noah’s memory be for a blessing.

  • Although I am in Israel we do have in common the fact that we are both native Brooklynites and are connected to Israel. Nothing can express our feelings about this tragedy we can only pray that Noah is watching down on us. That he is at peace.I know that this is not comforting.May Hashem give you the koach to go on.Day by day.

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