Detroit Jewish Synagogue President Stabbed to Death

Detroit Jewish Synagogue President Stabbed to Death

( – The 40-year-old board president of the Detroit, Michigan-based Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Samantha Woll, was found dead after a stabbing outside her residence on Saturday.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

“A politically connected Detroit synagogue president was found stabbed dead this morning outside her home in the city’s Lafayette Park neighborhood, east of downtown.

Samantha Woll, 40, led the Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue and previously worked for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and on the re-election campaign of Attorney General Dana Nessel, both Democrats.

“I am shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of Sam’s brutal murder,” Nessel said in a statement. “Sam was as kind a person as I’ve ever known.”

“She was driven by her sincere love of her community, state and country. Sam truly used her faith and activism to create a better place for everyone.”

In a speech in the Oval Office last week, President Biden denounced antisemitism and Islamophobia:

“You know, and here at home, we have to be honest with ourselves. In recent years, too much hate has been given too much oxygen, fueling racism, a rise in antisemitism and Islamicphobia [Islamophobia] right here in America.

It’s also intensified in the wake of recent events that led to the horrific threats and attacks that both shock us and break our hearts.”

Although the cause of the attack is still unknown, Jewish institutions have been in danger ever since Hamas, a Palestinian terror organization, massacred over 1,400 people in a large-scale attack in Israel on October 7.

There is a sizable Arab community in the Detroit area. On October 12, a sizable gathering in nearby Dearborn was staged in support of Hamas.

Update: Besides being a Jewish community leader and a prominent Democratic Party activist, Woll co-founded the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Detroit, an interfaith organization.

The forum posted on Facebook: “Sam was one of the dear founders of this forum. She was such a sweet, cheerful, thoughtful soul. May her memory be a blessing.”

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