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Arsonists attack synagogue in Crete

| January 7, 2010 | 1 Comment



The Etz-Hayyim Synagogue in the Greek city of Hania on the island of Crete nearly burned to the ground overnight Tuesday after unknown arsonists set fire to a wooden staircase in the building. The fire was set at around 1 a.m. early Wednesday, but a neighbor who was awake at the time noticed the smoke […]




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Protecting Diaspora synagogues with Jewish technology

| January 5, 2010 | 1 Comment



It was never easy being a Jew. But with security concerns on the rise in many Jewish communities across the globe, local rabbis are struggling to protect themselves and their congregations from potential attacks while at the same time adhering to Jewish law. Electronic monitors, security cameras, intercoms and automatic door locks become major obstacles […]




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Vandals Attack Two Sacramento Synagogues

| January 2, 2010 | 1 Comment



SACRAMENTO (CBS13) Vandals have hit two Sacramento synagogues — including one that had previously been destroyed by arsonists and rebuilt. Sacramento County Sheriff's Department detectives spent New Year's Day morning at the Kenesset Israel Torah Center on Morse Avenue in Arden Arcade. That's where vandals spray painted offensive graffiti and damaged the building. "666" and […]




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Swastikas Painted on Church, Synagogue in Oshkosh

| December 30, 2009 | 0 Comments



Black swastikas were found spray-painted on a Jewish temple and Methodist church in Oshkosh, and police say they're still looking for suspects. The damage was discovered Christmas Eve at B'Nai Israel Congregation and Algoma Methodist Church. Avi Stern is the president of the Jewish temple. He says the swastika is a symbol of hate, but […]




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Neo-Nazis protest at Riverside synagogue

| December 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



Congregants at Temple Beth El who had gathered to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah were met by a group of neo-Nazi demonstrators who waved red-and-black swastika flags outside the Reform synagogue in Riverside on Friday evening. Rabbi Suzanne Singer said the demonstration was the third such protest at the temple in recent months. She […]




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Swastikas at Acton synagogue spark outrage, dialogue

| December 18, 2009 | 0 Comments



While many Acton residents were out shopping on Black Friday, Matthew Liebman was on the phone with the police reporting what he had just found: a swastika formed with sticks on the ground and another carved into a pumpkin in front of the Congregation Beth Elohim synagogue. According to the Acton police department, temple board […]




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Burglar preys on Miami Beach houses of worship

| December 16, 2009 | 0 Comments



A burglar has holy targets for his unholy acts. Targeting synagogues, churches and a Jehovah's Witnesses hall in Miami Beach, the man steals expensive audio equipment and cash from collection boxes, police say. “He's preying on good places that people consider a place they can relax and worship and pray,'' said Officer Deborah Doty, a […]




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Police security withdrawn from Jewish centres in city

| December 16, 2009 | 0 Comments



PUNE: The police have tightened security in the city following recent intelligence inputs that Taliban-trained terrorists have sneaked into Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi to target vital installations. However, the security at the Ohel David synagogue (Lal Deval) in Pune Camp and Chabad House at Koregaon Park have been withdrawn. A tight security was being maintained […]




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New TV, DVD player stolen from synagogue

| December 14, 2009 | 0 Comments



Thieves have spoiled the start of Hanukkah for Belleville's Jewish community. A brand-new television, a DVD player and bottles of liquor were discovered stolen from the Sons of Jacob Synagogue on Victoria Avenue Monday morning. Jewish community president Mary Cohen said it's the third break-in there in as many years. There has also been several […]




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Lakewood man, 39, pleads guilty to assaulting rabbi with baseball bat

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments



TOMS RIVER — A 39-year-old Lakewood man on Monday pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a random baseball-bat attack on a rabbi that sparked widespread attention in Lakewood's Orthodox Jewish community. Lee Tucker Jr. of Ventura Drive admitted to Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson that he attacked Rabbi Mordechai Moskowitz with an aluminum baseball […]




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LAPD Official Backs Off Linking Synagogue Shooting To Organized Crime

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments



Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief backed away from comments published in an Israeli newspaper last week indicating that be believed the North Hollywood synagogue shooting Oct. 30 was "a stern warning linked to a criminal organization." Two men were wounded in the attack that he described to the Jerusalem Post as a "a targeted, surgical […]




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Synagogue Shooting Victims “Kneecapped” As Warning

| December 4, 2009 | 1 Comment



Two men shot in the legs at a North Hollywood synagogue five weeks ago may have been "kneecapped" as part of a warning "linked to a criminal organization," says a senior LAPD commander. Israeli organized crime activity in Los Angeles has become "a little bit worse" recently, said Los Angeles Deputy police Chief Michael P. […]




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Temple attack probed for links to organized crime

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments



LAPD detectives are investigating whether the shooting of two men at a North Hollywood synagogue in October is the work of Israeli-connected organized crime. The Oct. 29 shooting ignited fear that it was a hate crime, but Los Angeles police officials quickly ruled that out. In the last few weeks, LAPD investigators have concentrated their […]




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Canadian PM’s Hometown Confronts Anti-Semitism

| December 1, 2009 | 0 Comments



As the city of Calgary, Alberta, confronts a plethora of anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish institutions in the mountainous metropolis, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a stinging rebuke of a phenomenon plaguing his hometown. “Anti-Semitism is a disease of the soul,” said Harper, who represents the area as a Member of Parliament for Calgary Southwest. […]




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Jewish groups concerned at dramatic rise in attacks

| November 30, 2009 | 0 Comments



JEWISH groups have reported an ''unprecedented'' rise in racial violence and vilification in the past year. The annual meeting of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry in Sydney today will hear that there have been 962 reports of anti-Jewish violence, vandalism, harassment and intimidation against Australian Jewish organisations in the past 12 months. ''That is […]




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