Cowardly attack on Rabbi leaves him needing hospitalisation.

The local community was shocked and angered to hear how Rabbi Rafi Goodwin from the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue had to be taken to hospital after being attacked on Sunday.

The vicious attack took place in broad daylight outside of the synagogue on Limes Avenue Sunday lunch time and has left the community upset and angry.

It is believed that two teenagers began shouting abuse at Rabbi Rafi as he was in his car, saying derogatory things about his religion. When Rabbi Rafi stepped out of his car to confront the teenagers, they attacked him with an unknown object requiring him to need hospitalisation.

Redbridge Council Leader Jas Athwal released a statement saying: “I am shocked and disturbed by the attack on Rabbi Rafi.

“Redbridge and Essex police have assured me that patrols will increase to ensure the safety of worshippers.

“I have reached out to our local Jewish communities to offer the full support of the council.”

Rabbi Lee Sunderland from Romford synagogue told the Havering Daily: “Well done to Councillor Athwal for his words. this is exactly what we need. Seeking peace by peaceful means and solidarity in challenging times.”

Rabbi Lee is man who has united the Havering community working with Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and making sure both religions work peacefully together for the benefit of the borough.

It is believed two people have now been arrested in connection with the attack on Rabbi Rafi.

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