Staff Sgt. Rose Lubin, 21, a Border Police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City precinct, was killed in a stabbing attack in the capital on November 6.
Lubin, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, moved to Israel as a lone soldier to enlist in the IDF, and was drafted to serve in the Border Police. She would often stay with her “adopted family” in Kibbutz Sa’ad, near the Gaza Strip, and was there on Simhat Torah when Hamas carried on its murderous onslaught on southern Israel.
At Lubin’s funeral, a resident of Sa’ad recalled that Lubin picked up her weapon and joined the battle against Hamas terrorists trying to break into the kibbutz: “I asked her to put on her uniform so she could be identified as part of the team,” he said, adding that she fought throughout that day until she was called back to Jerusalem and her duties with the Border Police. The terrorists were successfully prevented from breaking into the kibbutz.
Rose grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia, a small suburb of Atlanta. She moved to Israel by herself in 2021 after finishing high school in order to join the Israel Defense Forces. After arriving in Israel and learning Hebrew, she enlisted in the IDF. As is the practice in the kibbutz movement, she was given an “adopted” family in Kibbutz Sa’ad, a religious kibbutz in the south.
Lubin is survived by her parents, Robin and David, brothers Alec, Joseph and Isaac, sister, Lily, as well as grandparents and step-grandparents. At her funeral, Lubin was recalled as a wonderful big sister to her younger siblings, a colorful, wise soul who was a staunch vegan, fierce wrestler, joyful cheerleader at Dunwoody High School and longtime Zionist.