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Rabbi and wife based in Kenya injured in group attack during Passover

Five men attacked and injured Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Notik, stealing religious items, food, passports and computers.

Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Notik, and family. Credit: Facebook.
Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Notik, and family. Credit: Facebook.

A rabbi and his wife were assaulted on Tuesday night at their synagogue and Jewish community center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Five men attacked and injured Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Notik, and stole religious items, food, passports and computers.

The rabbi was slightly injured, while his wife was apparently beaten with sticks and more. She fled with her children to the bathroom, where she locked the door and waited for police to arrive.

This is not the first time that the Notiks, who have been in Nairobi since 2014, have been attacked. Nairobi has one of highest crime rates in the world.

Shortly after their arrival, six men armed with knives mugged the rabbi on the street during Rosh Hashanah. He handed them his siddur (prayerbook), a lapel pin and shofar.

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