Florida Congregation Holds Special Minyan for Jewish Woman Who Lost Arm in Alligator Attack
Members of a Chabad congregation in Orlando, Fl., held a special prayer quorum, or minyan, on Sunday to support a Jewish woman who lost her arm after she was attacked by an alligator in a nearby river last Saturday, the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle reported.
The alligator, reported to be 9-feet-long, bit Rachael Lilienthal at least twice, severing her right arm above the elbow while she was swimming in the Wekiva River, north of Orlando. The 37-year-old underwent surgery following the attack.
Nearby canoeists saved Lilienthal’s life by chasing away the alligator with their paddles before calling emergency services, according to the report.