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French minister discusses arson attack against Jewish school with community leader

| September 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

PARIS (EJP)—French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux discussed with a Jewish community leader the security issue for Jewish sites in France ahead of upcoming Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  During the meeting, the minister also raised the arson attack against a Jewish school which happened on the same day in the southern France’s […]

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Synagogue Fire Prompts Crime Stoppers Reward

| September 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

OMAHA, Neb. — Authorities have sought the public’s help in finding arsonists who set a playground ablaze at a Jewish synagogue. The fire broke out on July 30 at Beth Israel Synagogue near 126th and Pacific streets. The fire destroyed the playground. Nothing at the crime scene indicated the arsonists targeted the playground because it […]

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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Mars JLA Building

| September 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy arrived at the Jewish Learning Academy on Pico Boulevard on Sunday morning, Aug. 23, to discover swastikas, along with a profanity written in mirror image, painted onto a door of the building. Rav-Noy reported the graffiti to the West Los Angeles division of the LAPD, which is investigating the incident. The graffiti […]

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Anti-Semitic slur defaces synagogue

| September 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Someone wrote an anti-Semitic slur on the side of an Annapolis synagogue over the weekend, city police said. Police were called to Congregation Kneseth Israel on Spa Road at about 8 p.m. Sunday after a representative of the synagogue reported graffiti written in pencil on a wall nearest the entrance to the facility. Police found […]

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Ukrainian Jewish charity’s building vandalized

| August 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Vandals painted swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the main entrance of a Jewish charity's building in southern Ukraine. The Chesed Velvele Jewish charity was vandalized last Friday in the town of Melitopol, in the Zaporozhsky region. Similar graffiti appeared in other town districts that night. According to Svetlana Marshak, a leader […]

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Jewish leaders concerned about targeting by G-20 protesters

| August 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Some local Jewish leaders fear protesters might target synagogues and other locales connected to their faith during the G-20 summit. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, high holy days in the Jewish faith, bookend the G-20, scheduled Sept. 24-25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. "It is not good timing," said Lynette Letterman, City Council […]

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Pittsburgh Synagogues Fear G-20 Violence On Jewish Holidays

| August 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

PITTSBURGH — The religious holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be bookended around the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh next month, and some in the city’s Jewish community fear they could be singled out for violence by protesters.   The G-20 is scheduled for Sept. 24-25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center […]

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Investigation ongoing into synagogue bomb threats

| August 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

LONG BRANCH — Federal and local authorities are still seeking information about bomb threats that emptied three synagogues in Long Branch and Deal last week. According to the Deal Police Department, on Aug. 4 at approximately 8:10 p.m. an anonymous telephone call was received reporting that bombs were about to explode in three local synagogues, […]

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ADL official describes anti-Semitic ‘explosion’

| August 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

An official of the Anti-Defamation League sees an “explosion” of anti-Semitism around the world, centered in Europe and the Arab world but also finding its way into the United States through sporadic violence and heightened anti-Jewish rhetoric. Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the ADL, spoke Aug. 11 at Temple B’nai Abraham in a talk […]

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Lakewood homes, synagogue target of burglaries

| August 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

LAKEWOOD — Two burglaries, an attempted burglary and an act of vandalism were reported in the Westgate Community between 6:32 and 9:51 a.m. Wednesday, police said.   The first incident reported was at the Bais Medrash Synogogue, 47 Kelm Woods Ave., where someone entered through an unlocked rear window, disturbed several sacred items and took […]

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70 Months in Jail for Plot to Attack US Synagogues, El Al

| August 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

( A United States federal judge in southern California handed down a 70-month prison term on Monday to Hammad Riaz Samana, the fourth Muslim member of an anti-Jewish terrorist cell to be sentenced. Other members of the cell are serving up to 20 years in jail. Samana and his co-conspirators planned to attack synagogues, the […]

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Israel NSC issues High Holiday travel warning

| August 11, 2009 | 2 Comments

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a warning Tuesday against traveling to Sinai at the current time and during the upcoming holidays in September. The bureau stressed that "Hezbollah continues to accuse Israel of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, which increases threats of terror made by Hezbollah towards Israeli targets abroad". The bureau warns of kidnapping and […]

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Va. man charged in Norfolk synagogue vandalism

| August 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Police on Monday announced the arrest of a man charged with vandalizing several synagogues in April with anti-Semitic, anti-gay and racist messages. John Edward Grogan, 29, of the 200 block of Elizabeth Ave. in Waynesboro, was arrested there July 9, said police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson. She said investigators at first did not want to compromise […]

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Suspected white supremacist charged in vandalism of synagogues

| August 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

NORFOLK – Detectives say the man arrested and charged with vandalizing synagogues in Norfolk is a member of a white supremacist group. John Edward Grogan, a 29-year-old Waynesboro resident, has been arrested and charged with vandalizing several local synagogues on April 17. He was identified as one of the suspects after police released surveillance video […]

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Are bomb threats a sign of our times?

| August 7, 2009 | 0 Comments

Three Monmouth County synagogues that were recently the target of bomb threats offer a glimpse into how fragile the social tensions are today. According to an Asbury Park Press story, the Prosecutors believe the caller had a Middle Eastern accent. Notably, all three target congregations are orthodox. The Synagogue of Deal, at 128 Norwood Ave., […]

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