KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of four people killed in an attack at a crowded Israeli synagogue was a native of Kansas City, Missouri, whose parents have played a prominent role in the city's Jewish community.
Rabbi Cary William Levine, 50, known as Kalman Levine in Israel, died Tuesday along with two other U.S. citizens and a Briton when Palestinian attackers armed with meat cleavers and a gun burst into a synagogue in Jerusalem during prayers. Police said all four of the victims held dual Israeli citizenship.
Levine's brother-in-law, Jonathan Bein of Boulder, Colorado, said Levine studied the Talmud and Torah at the University of Southern California before leaving for Israel in his 20s.
"He was very committed to being in the land of Israel," Bein told The Associated Press. "There are people, once they get there, their ethic is to never leave the land of Israel. He was one of those people."
Levine is survived by his nine children and five grandchildren. A man who answered the door Tuesday afternoon at the Kansas City address listed for Levine's parents, Bernard and Joan Levine, said the family didn't want to talk. At least three people arrived at the home during a 15-minute period, including a woman who also declined to comment.
He was among the first class of graduates in 1976 at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kansas. The school said his parents are committed supporters of Kansas City's Jewish and art communities.
Rabbi Meshulum Twersky, who teaches third- and fourth-grade Jewish studies at Hyman Brand, is a nephew of another victim, Rabbi Mosheh Twersky.
The school said it planned a news conference later Tuesday.
Associated Press reporters Margaret Stafford in Kansas City and Solomon P. Banda in Boulder, Colorado, contributed to this report.