Rabbi stabbed multiple times outside Jewish school

Minister being treated in hospital after attack in Boston, Massachusetts


A rabbi was stabbed multiple times outside a Jewish school in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday afternoon. 

Rabbi Shlomo Noginski was assaulted on the street outside Shaloh House, a religious school serving Boston’s Russian Jewish community.

Police arrested one suspect, 24-year-old Khaled Awad, in the hours following the attack. 

Mr Awad has reportedly been charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer. 

Police in Boston have told local media the attack was not fatal, and Rabbi Noginski is expected to survive.

He is currently being treated in hospital for non-life-threatening stab wounds to the arm. 

After the attack Shaloh House, which was open to facilitate a summer camp rather than usual lessons, went into lockdown.

In a letter to the community, Rabbi Dan Rodkin, executive director of the school, said: “He is, thank God, in stable condition and being treated in the hospital for stab wounds to his arm.

“We are all very shaken by what happened and ask for you to please keep Rabbi Noginski in your prayers.”

Robert Trestan, New England regional director of the Anti Defamation League, tweeted: “This afternoon’s horrific stabbing of a rabbi outside of Shaloh House, a sacred house of worship and Jewish Day School in Brighton, MA, has sent a shockwave of fear and anxiety throughout the community. 

“We pray for the recovery of Rabbi Sholomo Naginsky. We are grateful for the rapid response of Boston and Bookline Police and emergency responders. Healing from this incident will require accountability, justice and answers.

“As this investigation unfolds we call for full transparency so that the community gets answers as to why a Jewish rabbi was stabbed outside his house of worship.”

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