December 14, 2009
(JTA) — A Chabad rabbi was attacked after presiding over a public Chanukah menorah lighting in Vienna.
The assailant who punched Rabbi Dov Gruzman and bit off part of the rabbi’s finger following the lighting Saturday night in Stephansplatz Square was Muslim, according to reports.
Gruzman, principal of the Lauder Chabad High School in Vienna, underwent a partial amputation of his finger, Chabad.org reported.
More than 1,000 people were in attendance at the menorah lighting.
Security has been increased at public menorah lightings in the city, according to Chabad.org.