Survivor tells his experience in Oct. 7 Hamas attack

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Chabad invites the community to meet and hear from a man who will be in town this week to share his experience during the Oct. 7 Hamas incursion into Israel.

Nikita Soumrov

Nikita Soumrov is a 29-year-old who grew up on Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Terrorists attacked the kibbutz while Nikita and his family hid in their safe room.

He will tell his story on Thursday, April 4, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Community Room at Ilsley Public Library. The event is free; organizers ask for an RSVP at

Soumrov, his parents and younger brother immigrated to Israel from Russia in 2001. Today he lives there with his wife, Sara, and his 5-year-old son, Aviv. He’s a software engineer working at Beeri print.

On Oct. 7, 2023, nearly 100 terrorists attacked their kibbutz, slaughtered or kidnapped most of their surprised defenses, and infiltrated the community to attack civilian residents. Nikita, Sara and Aviv hid in their safe room while entire families were murdered in the homes around them for over nine hours. Terrorists were inside his parents’ house for three hours.

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