Rabbi Who Survived Dagestan Shooting Speaks to Chabad

Ovadia Isakov Addresses Brooklyn Gathering


By JTA

Published November 02, 2013.
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A rabbi who survived an anti-Semitic shooting in Russia led a prayer at the annual gathering of Chabad’s emissaries in New York.

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov from the Russian republic of Dagestan led the prayer on Thursday, the first day of this year’s week-long International Conference of Shluchim and Shluchos of the Chabad movement, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. Thousands of emissaries posted in communities around the world take part in the annual conference.

In July, assailants gunned down Isakov in front of his house in the city of Derbent late at night and left him for dead. He was rushed to surgery in Israel where he has slowly recovered from his near-fatal lung injury.

In September, Russian government officials said counter-terrorist forces killed the man responsible for Isakov’s shooting, who they said was part of a simmering Islamist insurgency in Dagestan, the predominantly Muslim Russian republic where Derbent is located.

The suspect, Sherif Akhmedov, died in a shootout with police, authorities said. They said that Akhmedov had an “extremist world view.”

Isakov, a Dagestani Jew, told JTA that he intended to return with his wife and four children to Derbent in the near future.


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