Members of the Shaloh House Jewish Day School community in Boston are in shock after one of their rabbis was stabbed outside of the facility in a brazen daytime attack.
Rabbi Shlomo Noginski was attacked on the street outside the Shaloh House in the Brighton neighborhood of the city, according to a Facebook post from Noginski’s colleague Rabbi Dan Rodkin to the school community.
Shortly before 1:20 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to the area of Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton, where they found the man with multiple stab wounds, the Boston Police Department wrote in a statement. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for his injuries, which weren’t believed to be life-threatening.
“He is, thank G-d, in stable condition and in good spirits and being treated in the hospital for stab wounds to his arm,” Rodkin said. “Police have arrested the suspected attacker, and the incident is still being investigated by the police.”
Officers arrested Khaled Awad in connection with the stabbing. The 24-year-old Brighton man is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer, according to authorities.
The investigation remains “active and ongoing,” the police department said. Anyone with information about the stabbing has been urged to call District D-14 detectives at (617) 343-4256 or the “CrimeStoppers” tip line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS if they want to remain anonymous. Members of the public can also text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463) with their message.
Rodkin noted that as soon as the school’s staff became aware of the stabbing, its facility went into lockdown to ensure the safety of all the children and employees in its program.
“At no point during the incident were any of the children in danger,” the rabbi noted. “The safety of our children and staff is of the utmost importance to us.”
The Shaloh House is expecting to increase security through the remainder of the summer, according to Rodkin.
“We are all very shaken by what happened and ask for you to please keep Rabbi Noginski in your prayers for a refuah sheleima, speedy and complete recovery (Shlomo ben Zlata Miriam),” he added. “We are heartened by the outpouring of concern and compassion we have received in just the last hours since the incident.”
For hose who find themselves in need of emotional support or who simply need to talk with someone about distressing events in the community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team provides free, private support at all hours at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.
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