Leaders rally around Lexington’s Jewish community after Saturday’s attack

Wednesday night, officials are gathering at the Chabad of the Bluegrass in solidarity with the victims.
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 5:52 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UPDATE: Lexington police have released more information about their investigation into an incident at the Chabad of the Bluegrass over the weekend.

They say the altercation happened when the suspect became upset about a car blocking the roadway in front of the Chabad House. This led to an altercation between the victim and suspect, during which the suspect said an anti-Semitic slur.

In a statement, police said:

“While the suspect’s words were reprehensible, it does not appear that the assault itself was prompted by bias against the victim. We continue to investigate the assault.”

ORIGINAL: Leaders in Lexington are rallying around the Jewish community following an attack. Over the weekend, an alleged antisemitic incident took place during Saturday’s menorah lighting ceremony.

Wednesday night, officials are gathering at the Chabad of the Bluegrass in solidarity with the victims.

Community members and leaders were socially distanced, gathered around a menorah, the same place where an individual reportedly interrupted Saturday’s religious ceremony.

Rabbi Shlomo Litvin told us the individual pulled up to the front of the student center, yelling curse words. He said a community member attending the menorah lighting stepped in front of the driver’s side door to block this person from causing further disruption.

Rabbi Litvin said the driver then dragged the individual down the block and swerved over his leg. He was released from the hospital the following morning.

Rabbi Litvin said community leaders wanted to honor this man following the incident.

“Light is the greatest disinfectant of negativity. When you shine a light on things, when you share what happened here, what the reaction was. I’m incredibly inspired by the reaction of the gentleman who chose before he went to the hospital to make sure the menorah was lit,” Rabbi Litvin said.

Rabbi Litvin said the event is about lighting up the darkness in our world.

Lexington Police told WKYT the investigation is ongoing.

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