Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Notik, who operate the Jewish center for travelers in Nairobi, Kenya, were violently assaulted during a home invasion Wednesday morning.
During the home invasion, the burglars encountered two young Orthodox Jewish men at the house. The two men were tied up and gagged. When the burglars proceeded into the Notik’s residence at the house, Rabbi Notik spotted the assailants and attempted to call for help, but was beaten and told that he would be killed if he did not cooperate.
The burglars then broke into the room where Mrs. Notik was sleeping. The assailants beat her with clubs before demanding money.
Chaya Notik suffered head injuries during the home invasion, and required surgery to treat her injuries.
Following the terrible event, the local authorities took it with the greatest concern, the head of the criminal investigations office had a meeting Rabbi Notik and updated him on the progress of the investigation, Rabbi Notik’s brother Moshe Notik told COLlive.
“The details are classified, but the police are taking it seriously and are working hard to capture the criminals,” he said.
The local Israeli ambassador, Michael Buzaglo, met with Rabbi Notik as well, and discussed the options of increasing the security and the cooperation with the local authorities.
Rabbi Notik and his wife are thankful to the Embassy and the Israeli security personnel for their support and help.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Notik and his family are getting ready for the second days of Yom Tov, with the strength from the massive support and the miracles that took place, thanking Haehem and the Jewish community around the world who reached out in support.
After Yom Tov they will celebrate at a ‘Seudat Hodaah’ together with the Mashiach Seudah and the ‘Mimuna’.
Additionally there was a tremendous response from the international Jewish community which has all gathered around to support with a crowd funding campaign to help the Notik’s recover from the financial loss of $60,000, stolen in the home invasion.
Additionally, they must now implement new security measures at a minimum initial cost of $10,000 and ongoing costs of thousands of dollars each month.
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