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Hebrew teacher beaten in anti-Jewish attack on his way home from Kiev synagogue

By Mason White 2:50 PM January 15, 2014
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By: Debbie Gross
A Hebrew teacher was severely beaten while he was walking home from evening prayers in an anti-Semitic attack, according to a statement released by the World Jewish Congress.

The Israeli born teacher in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was beaten, in what local Jewish leaders said was an anti-Semitic incident. World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer called the beating “a vicious act that should not go unpunished,” and said that the World Jewish Congress was closely following the situation.

A group of at least four thugs beat Professor Hillel Wertheimer on Saturday night, after following him home from synagogue services.

The head of the Vaad of Ukraine, said that three of the four men beat and kicked Wertheimer in the lobby of his house.

A neighbor came down to investigate after hearing Wertheimer shouting for help. The teacher was taken to a local hospital for treatment.