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Judge refuses bail reduction for man charged in Bergen County synaogue firebombings

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A judge on Thursday refused to reduce the $4-million bail of one of the two men accused in the arson and firebombing of several Jewish facilities in Bergen County. “I don’t see anything before this court to warrant a bail reduction,” Judge Edward Jerejian said at a hearing in Superior Court in Hackensack, turning down […]




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Former President of Southbury Synagogue Admits Embezzling Over $500,000

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former President of Beth El Synagogue in Southbury pleaded guilty Friday to one count of mail fraud stemming from her embezzlement of more than $500,000 from the synagogue.    Jodi Churchill, 45, of Orange, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to the charge.    According to court […]




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Two plead ‘not guilty’ to Rutherford Temple bombing and more

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD – The two men accused in the arson and firebombing of several North Jersey synagogues, including Rutherford's Congregation Beth-El, pleaded not guilty Monday in Superior Court in Hackensack to indictments in the case. Anthony Graziano of Lodi and Aakash Dalal of New Brunswick, both 21, were indicted in March on multiple counts of aggravated […]




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Senior rabbi attacked during holiday altercation

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) –A senior Australian Orthodox rabbi had his glasses ripped from his face during an altercation inside Chabad’s main synagogue in Melbourne. Rabbi Zvi Telsner, the spiritual leader of the Yeshivah Center, which houses the city’s Chabad headquarters, offered festive greetings to Chaim Waks at the end of the Shavuot holiday service on […]




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Temple Beth Israel vandalism called hate crime

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



Some broken windows and a word carved in the door of the Beth Israel Temple are being investigated as felony malicious mischief — a hate crime — according to authorities. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said officers thought they were going to a shooting at first. “It was a shooting call when officers responded. […]




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Teen describes abuse at Lakewood yeshiva teacher sex-assault trial

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



TOMS RIVER — The boy at the center of a sexual abuse case within Lakewood’s Orthodox Jewish community had no friends in fifth and sixth grade and none in the summer camp he attended those years, he shyly testified on Wednesday. So when camp counselor Yosef Kolko let the boy sing solos with the camp […]




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Yale’s Jewish center threatened with arson

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



NEW HAVEN — Area synagogues and Jewish community agencies are on security alert after graffiti in a Yale University chemistry building threatened arson at Yale’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life later this month. The graffiti was discovered April 22 in a bathroom at the Sterling Chemistry Lab at 225 Prospect St. Although the university would […]




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Paris rabbi’s attacker had assaulted another Jew, security service says

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



(JTA) — The Iranian man who attacked a rabbi in Paris had assaulted another French Jew in the same area several days earlier, the French Jewish community’s security service said. The alleged attacker, who was arrested April 23 for lightly wounding the rabbi and his son with a knife, had struck a young man four […]




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Turkish police uncover plot to bomb synagogue

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



Turkish police uncovered a plot linked to al-Qaida to bomb a synagogue in Istanbul, the US embassy in Ankara and other targets, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Twelve people were arrested during a raid on two houses in Istanbul and Corlu in February, according to the Times. Eight of them were Turks, two […]




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Prison Term In Synagogue Theft

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



NASSAU COUNTY—A Woodmere man has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for stealing more than $634,000 from a local synagogue by wiring cash from the congregation’s accounts into his own. Isaac Zucker, 49, pleaded guilty in February to second degree grand larceny. Zucker was also sentenced to pay full restitution. The […]




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World Jews on high alert ahead of Pesach

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



The Counter-Terrorism Bureau has instructed Chabad centers and Jewish communities in several sensitive countries to boost security and go as far as hiring local security companies to guard the mass Passover Seders planned during the Jewish holiday. In some countries there are even preparations to have hikers conduct security checks at the entrance to Passover […]




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Vandal spray paints Temple Israel during Passover

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Minneapolis police are looking for a vandal who was caught on camera spray-painting purple letters on Temple Israel overnight, and though they're not sure what it means, they say it could be a hate crime. Police are not releasing the video, describing it as evidence — but Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman told FOX […]




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Defendant in Beverly Hills Arson Case Found Legally Sane

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



A 23-year-old man who admitted setting fires at a Hollywood synagogue and a hillside residence in Beverly Hills was sane at the time of the crimes, a judge ruled today. Dmitriy Sheyko pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Feb. 26 to 22 counts, including arson, burglary and use of a destructive device. The […]




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Plotter of NY synagogue attacks gets 10 years

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



NEW YORK – An Algerian immigrant to the United States convicted under a rarely invoked New York state terror statute of plotting to blow up synagogues and churches in Manhattan was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison. Ahmed Ferhani, 28, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy as a crime of terrorism, related weapons […]




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Grand jury indicts alleged arsonists in Jewish temple firebombings

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — A grand jury has indicted two Lodi men for their alleged roles in a series of firebombings at Bergen county synagogues, authorities announced today. The panel sitting in Bergen County Superior Court found probable cause to charge Aakash Dalal and Anthony Graziano with 30 criminal charges, including attempted murder, bias intimidation and aggravated […]




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