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August 11, 2015 4:53 pm

Florida Congregation Holds Special Minyan for Jewish Woman Who Lost Arm in Alligator Attack

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A Jewish woman in Florida severed her arm after she was bitten by an alligator. Photo: Flickr.

A Jewish woman in Florida lost her arm in an alligator attack. Photo: Flickr.

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.

“We see the jaws just chomp down on her arm,” said Jakob Frick, who was canoeing nearby, “and it starts spinning around, pulls her underwater, goes back up. She’s just screaming.”

The alligator was later caught and killed.

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