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April 24, 2019 4:34 pm

Top American Jewish Group Condemns Assault on Chabad Rabbi and His Wife in Kenya

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Rabbi Shmuel Notik, his wife Chaya, and their children. Photo: Twitter screenshot.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP) has condemned an assault on a Chabad rabbi and his wife in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rabbi Shmuel Notik and his wife Chaya were attacked during a robbery, leaving Chaya hospitalized. Tens of thousands of dollars in money and property was reportedly stolen.

CoP Chairman Arthur Stark and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement, “We condemn the violent attack on Rabbi Shmuel Notik and his wife Chaya and the robbery in their home and synagogue. The physical and emotional scars of such a brutal home invasion eclipse the financial loss.”

“We pray for a speedy recovery to the family that showed us such hospitality during the Conference of Presidents’ mission to Kenya,” they added. “The Notik family have made it possible for countless people visiting Kenya to have kosher food and facilities.”

“We call upon the Kenyan officials to quickly apprehend those responsible,” Stark and Hoenlein stated. “We will join others in providing assistance for them to rebuild so that they can continue to provide their unique and valuable service both to the Jews in Kenya and to the many who visit there.”

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