Noi Maudi, 29, of Moshav Yated, Israel, and St. Paul, Minnesota, was killed in an attack on Oct. 7, according to his obituary. He previously taught Hebrew at Talmud Torah of St. Paul, said a GoFundMe page set up to support his family and the Moshav Yated community.
"Noi and his brother-in-law Moti Elkabetz were murdered in Israel on Oct. 7, 2023. Another brother-in-law was injured and his nephew, Matan Rosenberg, is still missing," his obit states.
Maudi moved to the United States in 2016, dedicating his time to teaching Hebrew, "always with a gentle smith and unwavering motivation to his students," the GoFundMe says.
"With a passion for food, he also spent time working with a catering company, serving up delicious meals and always cooking new and innovative recipes at home with his Minnesota family," the page adds.
Friends tell FOX 9 that Maudi left a big impression on parents and children at the St. Paul school. Monday, FOX 9 spoke with Rebecca Noecker, former board president at Talmud Torah, where her children went to school, who says she got the heartbreaking news over the weekend.
"He was the first person that they asked about when I started telling them what was going on in Israel," she said.
Noecker tells us it was hard to deliver the news to her kids, that Maudi and his brother were killed, while his nephew remains missing. "It's devastating. This week has been extremely tough on so many levels. It brings it really close to home when this is someone who was in your life, was in your school building, was in your children's lives."
Noecker says Maudi will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his ability to form connections with students. Noecker fondly recalls, "Noi was full of energy. He was always smiling. He was always upbeat, which is not easy to do when you work in a school all day. Even at the end of the day, he always had a smile on his face."
A burial for Maudi has been held in Israel.