Rabbi Rafi Goodwin was evacuated to the hospital after being attacked outdoors his shul in Chigwell, a city northeast of London, on Sunday, Erev Shavuos.
Goodwin, the assistant Rabbi on the Chigwell & Hainault United Synagogue, was attacked by two younger thugs who ambushed his automotive and shouted anti-Semitic epithets, the police stated. He suffered cuts to his head and a suspected concussion after being assaulted with an “unknown merchandise.” His cellphone was additionally stolen through the assault.
The two assailants, 18 and 25, had been arrested by police on Sunday afternoon.
“Please pray for my pricey pal and colleague Rabbi Rafi Goodwin who has been brutally attacked this morning close to to his synagogue in Chigwell,” tweeted Rabbi Moshe Freedman, the shul’s safety officer. His title for tefillah is Yirmiyahu Pesach ben Kreina Devorah b’toch sha’ar cholei Yisrael.
The assault occurred on the identical day that an anti-Semitic convoy adorned with Palestinian flags drove down a road in North London blasting extraordinarily offensive anti-Semitic messages, together with calling for the homicide of Jews and assault of Jewish ladies.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)