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Synagogues Websites Hacked

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments



BOSTON — A pro-Palestine organization is accused of hacking into the websites of several conservative Jewish synagogues Friday morning. The synagogues, which are members of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, said the Indonesia-based group "Pintu Maya Team to Palestine" is responsible, according to the MetroWest Daily News. Adam Hopkins, a member of Temple Israel, […]




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Park Side East Synagogue Receives Letter Threatening to ‘Detonate’ Building

| June 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



UPPER EAST SIDE — NYPD officers did a full building security sweep of Park East Synagogue, including its nursery through eighth-grade school, after the synagogue received a threatening letter in the mail on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The typed, unsigned letter, which directly threatened the synagogue and its congregants at East 67th Street, arrived at […]




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Torah books stolen from Belgium’s largest synagogue

| May 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



At least four Torah books were stolen Friday night from the largest synagogue in Belgium. Jewish worshippers who arrived at the main synagogue in Antwerp were shocked to find that it had been broken into. The burglars apparently broke into the synagogue's seminary through a door that connects it to a hall. They proceeded to […]




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Jewish Institutions Emerge Untouched After Bangkok Violence

| May 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



With quiet restored to the streets of Bangkok, Rabbi Yosef C. Kantor, the Chabad-Lubavitch emissary who had urged Jewish residents in the city to pray for the peace of Thailand, reported just before the dawn of the Jewish Sabbath that communal institutions had largely been spared the effects of a mid-week crackdown on anti-government protesters. […]




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Two non-Orthodox synagogues in Ra’anana attacked in one-week span

| May 24, 2010 | 1 Comment



Two non-Orthodox synagogues in Ra'anana have been vandalized in the space of one week. On Thursday vandals threw bricks at the Ra'anana Masorti Congregation, breaking two of the Conservative synagogue's windows, and the week before, vandals broke six windows in the Reform synagogue Kehilat Ra'anan, according to police reports filed by members of both congregations. […]




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Synagogue crash driver to get mental health treatment

| May 24, 2010 | 1 Comment



A man who police say crashed his car into the steps of a Squirrel Hill synagogue last month will get treatment for mental health problems before a preliminary hearing in his criminal case, his attorney said Friday. Adam Disabato, 30, was charged with institutional vandalism, reckless driving and other offenses in the April 27 crash […]




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Arson attack against synagogue in Germany

| May 17, 2010 | 1 Comment



BERLIN (EJP-AFP)—Unidentified vandals mounted an arson attack against a synagogue in Worms, western Germany, on Monday but the building was not damaged, authorities said. Police said in a statement that they received a call overnight after unidentified assailants set alight a flammable liquid at several sites around the synagogue. "The fire brigade was able to […]




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Man gets five years for vandalizing Norfolk synagogues

| May 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



After apologizing for putting anti-Semitic stickers on two Norfolk synagogues, a white supremacist was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison. John Edward Grogan, 30, of Waynesboro, had pleaded guilty to two counts each of injury to a church or cemetery and conspiracy to commit a felony. Grogan and another man, Christopher John Brooks, […]




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Second man pleads guilty to vandalizing Norfolk synagogue

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments



A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to vandalizing Temple Israel Synagogue with anti-Semitic stickers. Christopher John Brooks, 25, admitted that he and a friend placed 60 stickers on the synagogue in the 7200 block of Granby St., according to court records. Three different sets of offensive stickers were found at Temple Israel around April 18, […]




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Key suspect arrested in France attack

| May 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



PARIS (JTA) — A man suspected of playing a major role in the attack onan elderly Jewish man in southern France is being held for questioning by police. The “No. 1 suspect” in a May 2 attack in the town of Nimes on a 78-year-old Jewish man was arrested Tuesday and is being questioned, a […]




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Elderly Jewish man attacked outside synagogue in France

| May 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



Three men attacked an elderly Jewish man on Sunday outside a synagogue in southern France, the Telegraph reported. According to the police complaint filed by the man, who is in his 80s, the assailants sprayed tear gas in his face and daubed explicit anti-Jewish graffiti on the doors of the synagogue, which is located in […]




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Stolen Torah scrolls returned

| May 2, 2010 | 0 Comments



Five sacred Torah scrolls stolen from a Brooklyn synagogue were turned over to prosecutors late last night, The Post has learned. The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office negotiated a deal with a "go between from the community who wanted to do a mitzvah," a source said, using the Hebrew word for "good deed." The man told […]




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Montville synagogue’s bookkeeper sentenced to 364 days in jail for $64K theft

| May 1, 2010 | 0 Comments



MONTVILLE — A former bookkeeper of the Pine Brook Jewish Center in Montville was sentenced today to 364 days in jail and five years of probation for stealing $64,000 from the facility and forging a doctor's letter claiming she had cancer. Andrea Melchione, 40, of Hampton, Sussex County, initially was charged only with theft in […]




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Car driven by ‘messiah’ hits grounds of Squirrel Hill synagogue

| April 29, 2010 | 0 Comments



The afternoon service at Poale Zedeck synagogue on Tuesday had drawn to a close, and some of the congregants lingered to listen to the rabbi speak in what should have been a tranquil moment. "We heard what sounded like a bomb," said Marcia Robkin, who rushed to the doors with dozens of other temple-goers, fearing […]




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$10,000 Reward For Info On Missing Torah Scrolls

| April 29, 2010 | 0 Comments



There is a $10,000 reward in place for those that can offer information as to the whereabouts of five missing Torah Scrolls. The sacred Torahs were stolen from the Karlsburg Synagogue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. The Torahs, worth tens of thousands of dollars, were taken in the middle of the night during […]




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