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Family, friends describe Olney synagogue vandal’s personal demons

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Ian Baron needs help, according to his family and friends. At Baron's sentencing hearing Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, those who know him spoke of the demons and personal battles that might have led him to spray paint anti-Semitic graffiti on the exterior of B'nai Shalom Synagogue and two nearby residences in July. After […]




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Vandal of Olney synagogue sentenced to jail time, rehabilitation

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



The homeless man who defaced an Olney synagogue last summer will serve a few more months in jail and undergo treatment for substance abuse. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Craven on Friday sentenced 23-year-old Ian Jacob Baron to three years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended, for malicious destruction of property […]




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Synagogue Bombing Suspect’s Arraignment Date Is Set

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



Ron Hirsch, who has been linked to the explosion that occurred last month at the Chabad House Lubavitch, has been named by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a four-count indictment. Hirsch, who is in federal custody, will be arraigned on the indictment in a U.S. District Court on May 23. He faces four […]




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Synagogue vandal faces more than 6 years at sentencing

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The homeless man who vandalized an Olney synagogue last summer will be sentenced Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Judge Thomas L. Craven could sentence Ian Jacob Baron, 23, to as long as six-and-a-half years in prison after a jury found him guilty in February of four counts of malicious destruction of property and one […]




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Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



World leaders warned of revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. assault in Pakistan on Monday that brought to a dramatic end the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of Islamist militancy. President Barack Obama declared the world was a safer and "better […]




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Chicago cops keeping eye on religious institutions

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Chicago police say they are keeping an eye on religious institutions as a precaution in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. special forces. The department has not issued a heightened alert, but officers are paying closer attention to mosques and synagogues, particularly in the Rogers Park and West Rogers […]




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Annual report: Anti-Semitic incidents down worldwide but still high

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Jerusalem (CNN) — Anti-Semitic incidents worldwide dropped sharply in 2010 from their peak in 2009, according to an annual report issued by an Israeli university on the eve of the nation's Holocaust Memorial Day. However, the levels are significantly higher than they were a decade ago, when the upward trend began, according to the report […]




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2 men get 9 months in prison for Modesto church vandalism

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



FRESNO — Two men who pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in the vandalization of three Modesto houses of worship were sentenced Friday to nine months in prison — years less than they could have received. Brian Lewis of Modesto and Abel Gonzalez of Morgan Hill, both 23, faced up to 10 years in prison […]




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Missoula police report vandalism at Har Shalom, First Christian Church

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Vandalism and break-ins at Har Shalom synagogue and the nearby First Christian Church on South Russell Street had the Missoula Police Department in search Saturday of possible burglary suspects. Police Sgt. Jim Klawitter said the crimes were not motivated by anti-religious sentiments; a vandal or vandals also smashed the window of a vitamin shop in […]




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Synagogue Bombing Suspect Returns to L.A.: Report

| April 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



Ron Hirsch, who has been linked to an explosive device that went off at the Chabad House Lubavich of Santa Monica earlier this month, has returned to Los Angeles to face federal charges, according to The Associated Press. Earlier this month, Hirsch appeared in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, facing a charge of unlawful flight […]




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After Santa Monica bombing, shuls ponder openness vs. security

| April 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



Nobody thought much about the shabby but quiet middle-aged man who showed up last weekend at an Orthodox study hall in suburban Cleveland. But when police came last Monday and arrested the man, Ron Hirsch, 60, on charges of setting off a bomb next to the Chabad synagogue in Santa Monica, Calif., it sent shock […]




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Wave of vandalism hits non-Orthodox synagogues anew

| April 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Netanya Conservative and Reform house of worship has become the target of stone-throwing attacks, allegedly by ultra-Orthodox youths waging a battle to scare the congregants into leaving. The Beit Yisrael synagogue in Netanya has been pelted with rocks on three different Friday nights in the last month. The youths reportedly hurled epithets at the […]




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Man Charged In Arson At Temple, Benedict Canyon Homes

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



Los Angeles – A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of setting a fire in a classroom at a Hollywood synagogue and exclusive homes in Benedict Canyon was charged today with 19 felony counts. Dmitriy Sheyko pleaded not guilty this afternoon to arson, use of a destructive device and burglary charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge […]




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2 arrested on suspicion of setting fire to shul in Greece

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



Police reinforce security on island of Corfu for Israelis arriving on cruise ships; Jewish community mourns loss of Torah scrolls Two suspects were arrested Wednesday in connection with setting fire to a synagogue on the Greek island of Corfu a day earlier, Greek Police said. Police on the island reinforced security around Israeli's arriving in […]




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Arsonists set fire to synagogue on Greek island of Corfu

| April 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



Arsonists set fire to a synagogue on the Greek island of Corfu early on Tuesday, damaging prayer books but causing no injuries, in the third such attack in Greece in less than two years, police said. The arson attack, staged just as the Passover festival was starting, alarmed the country's dwindling Jewish community. "The door […]




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