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5 Torahs stolen from Brooklyn synagogue

| April 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Five Torah scrolls were stolen early today from a Brooklyn synagogue — and the crooks responsible for the theft are still at-large, authorities said. Assemblyman Dov Hikind and City Councilman David Greenfield are offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the scrolls. The five Torah scrolls reported stolen to cops from Rabbi Yecheskel Roth's […]

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LAPD: Business dispute led to LA synagogue attack

| April 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES — The shooting of two men at a North Hollywood synagogue last year was prompted by a business dispute, an official said Monday. One of the victims, Mori Ben-Nissan, was targeted in the attack and the other was a bystander, said Los Angeles Police Department detective Steve Castro, who is investigating the Oct. […]

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Swastikas found on Israeli synagogue

| April 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 18 (UPI) — Police in Tel Aviv say swastikas and images of Palestinian flags were spray-painted on the walls of a synagogue and a Jewish home Sunday morning. The vandalism occurred at the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa near the Arab-Jewish Center and an elementary school attended by Jews and Arabs, […]

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Suspect arrested in North Hollywood synagogue shooting

| April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a shooting at a North Hollywood synagogue last year that left two people wounded. Christopher Littlejohn, 37, was initially arrested by SWAT officers in a separate assault case in Beverly Hills on July 23 in which he pointed a gun at a person in a residential neighborhood, Beverly Hills […]

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Kyrgyzstan Jews in Danger; Anti-Semites Attack Chabad Synagogue

| April 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The 2,000-member Jewish community of Kyrgyzstan suddenly lives in fear following an attack on its only synagogue after rebels last week apparently overthrew the government in a bloody uprising in which more than 80 people were killed. The Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in Bishkek was firebombed, and the local Jewish school temporarily shut its doors as a […]

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The Bishkek synagogue was attacked

| April 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Bishkek, April 12, Interfax – The Jewish community in Kyrgyzstan has asked interim leader Roza Otunbayeva to provide protection following last week's political uprising. "On April 8, someone tried to get into the Bishkek synagogue and set it on fire. Unknown individuals disabled the surveillance cameras and threw bottles with explosive liquid into the yard […]

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French shul burns down; locals suspect arson

| April 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The central synagogue in the French town of Mulhouse was burnt down on Saturday, and the local Jewish community suspects it was an act of arson ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day. The building caught fir during Shabbat prayers and sustained heavy damages. Fortunately, there were no injuries. At approximately 11 am, while walking to […]

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3 Teens Arrested in String of Monsey Synagogue Thefts

| April 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — Police conducting a surveillance operation arrested three teens in connection to a number of thefts at synagogues. Authorities said the charity boxes at several synagogues in Monsey were burglarized in recent weeks. Other thefts targeted wallets and credit cards taken from unattended clothing at the facilities. Ramapo police were watching a […]

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Cops: Monsey teens burglarized synagogue charity boxes

| April 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

MONSEY — Two Monsey teens are facing felony charges and another will be headed to Family Court after the trio were arrested in connection to a string of burglaries in the hamlet that have targeted several synagogue charity boxes, according to Ramapo police. Shmuel Z. Chapler, 16, of 17 Brewer Road and Daniel Ben-Arbon, 16, […]

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NY court sees synagogue attack as hate crime

| March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

ALBANY, N.Y. — A person can be guilty of a hate crime even if the violence is directed at a building rather than a person, New York's top court ruled Tuesday. The Court of Appeals unanimously said the stricter penalties imposed for such crimes apply to a man convicted of trying to bomb a Bronx […]

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Mobile, Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Civil Rights Charges Related to Desecration of Synagogue

| March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON—Christian Rodney Ice, 19, of Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Mobile to one count of violating the Church Arson Act by placing threatening graffiti and neo-Nazi markings on a synagogue in Mobile, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Alabama announced. Sentencing has been scheduled […]

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Synagogue Vandalism in Montreal Ruled as Hate Crime

| March 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Vandals broke into Congregation Ahavath Israel d’Chasidei Viznitz in Montreal Friday night. Montreal police are treating the attack as a hate crime due to the graffiti of two swastikas on the bimah (pulpit). The synagogue is located in Outremont a Montreal neighbourhood that is known as the heart of Montreal’s Hasidic community. Police say vandals […]

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Jewish School in Sofia daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti

| March 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

Anti-Semitic graffiti was daubed on the walls of Sofia’s Dimcho Debelyanov School, commonly known as the Jewish School, just a few days before the start of Passover. The incident, in which spray-paint was used to draw a Star of David equated with a Nazi swastika, was condemned by the school’s director Vessela Paldumova as an […]

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Synagogue vandalism a hate crime: police

| March 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

A forced entry into an Outremont synagogue by at least one vandal who etched swastikas inside with a black marker in all likelihood took place between 1:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, Hersh Ber Hirsch, the synagogue's administrator, said yesterday. The act is being probed by Montreal police as an anti-Semitic hate crime. One suspect, […]

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Commandos posted at Synagogue, St Francis Church in Kochi

| March 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Commandos have been posted at the Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry, the oldest place of worship of the Jewish community in the Commonwealth region, and St Francis church at Fort Kochi following a union Home Ministry alert about a possible terror strike in the city. Police said 10 commandos each have been posted at St Francis […]

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