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Heartless Thieves Steal Torah Scrolls From Bronx Synagogue

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Bronx synagogue suffered a terrible blow this week: the theft of three sifrey-Torah, or Torah scrolls, each one worth $45,000. The theft at the Orthodox shul, Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway, on East 208th Street in the Norwood Heights section, was discovered by a worker last Sunday. Besides the Torah scrolls, the thief also […]




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Swastikas painted on Morrison synagogue highlight spike in anti-Semitic vandalism

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



MORRISON, Colo. — The Anti-Defamation League was up in arms Thursday after two incidents of vandalism targeted a Morrison synagogue last week. In both incidents, a swastika was spray painted on a sign in front of the B’nai Chaim Synagogue. The League was particularly worried because this isn’t the only incident of anti-Semitic vandalism to […]




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Multiple Bomb Threats Made Against LA Jewish Synagogue

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



The Los Angeles Police Department investigated two bomb threats near a Jewish synagogue in Koreatown, L.A. early Tuesday morning. At approximately 2 a.m. police received an emergency phone call from an unknown suspect saying a device had been planted on the grounds of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. “Early this morning, we received a bomb threat specific […]




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Three teens arrested in connection with swastika graffiti at Bangor synagogue

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



BANGOR — Police arrested two 17-year-old boys from Bangor and one from Orrington for spray-painted swastikas and other graffiti on two synagogues on York Street late Tuesday, and arrested one of the same teens again early Wednesday for tagging a stop sign. The two Bangor teenagers, who were not identified because they are juveniles, face […]




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Vandals deface two Bangor synagogues

| September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments



BANGOR, Maine — A vandal or vandals spray painted offensive graffiti on the front staircases and pillars of two Bangor synagogues on York Street early Friday night. Both Beth Israel Synagogue and Beth Abraham Synagogue were defaced sometime after 7 p.m., according to Bangor police. The graffiti included swastikas — with the arms bent clockwise […]




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French Synagogue Vandalized For Third Time in Ten Days

| July 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



The synagogue of Noisy-le-Grand of the Seine-Saint-Denis district in Paris, was vandalized on Wednesday night, in the third such incident within a ten-day period, The Algemeiner reported. “I am 73 years old and I cried like a child,” synagogue caretaker Maurice Zana told Anach Infos, a French-language Jewish news website. “They came to plunder, but […]




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Man accused in synagogue arsons pleads not guilty to planning prosecutor’s murder

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — Aakash A. Dalal was jailed on charges that he masterminded arsons at Bergen County synagogues when he tried to get a 9mm handgun to kill the lead prosecutor in his arson case, according to county Prosecutor John Molinelli. But Dalal’s lawyer contends prosecutors pressured a jailhouse snitch to entrap Dalal so they could […]




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Homeland Security grants aimed at enhancing security for North Jersey synagogues in wake of firebombings

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



Tucked away in a $67.4 million Homeland Security grant announced Friday for New Jersey is a $30,000 grant aimed at enhancing security for members of a Rutherford congregation whose rabbi’s home was fire bombed in January. The grant to Congregation Beth El was one of 13 grants totaling $779,250 awarded to synagogues throughout northern New […]




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Police: Several Sacred Items Stolen From Forest Hills Synagogue

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for the burglars who stole sacred items from a Queens synagogue. Two Torah plates, a pointer and a wine cup were discovered missing from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue in Forest Hills last Monday, police said. The silver items are worth nearly $6,000. Police said there were no […]




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Police Investigating Bias Graffiti Outside Williamsburg Synagogue

| June 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



WILLIAMSBURG — Police are investigating a possible hate crime in South Williamsburg after finding racially charged vandalism scrawled on a street in front of a synagogue Tuesday, authorities said. The offending graffiti was discovered written in white chalk in front of Synagogue Kerestiel Shul at 402 Berry St., at the corner of South Eighth Street, […]




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Swastikas painted on N.Y. synagogue

| June 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) — Police were searching for vandals who painted swastikas on a New York synagogue and other buildings and consider the vandalism a hate crime, officials said. Police said the swastikas were found on the Irgun Shiurai Torah synagogue, a Jewish bath house and several businesses in a Jewish neighborhood in […]




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Lithuania synagogue vandalised following controversial state-funded reburial of Nazi ‘collaborator’

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



VILNIUS (EJP)—A century-old renowned Vilnius synagogue was vandalised following last week’s controversial decision in Lithuania to grant a state-funded funeral to the country’s notorious 1941 pro-Nazi leader. Unknown attackers daubed the Choral Temple, the only remaining active synagogue in a city which boasted more than one hundred pre-Holocaust, in green paint on Friday. Milan Chersonski, […]




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Bail reduced for Bergen synagogue firebomb suspect from Lodi

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — An appeals court on Tuesday reduced the bail from $2.5 million to $1 million for Aakash Dalal, one of two Lodi teens accused in arsons at local synagogues earlier this year. A two-judge Appellate Division panel called the original bail amount excessive and said trial court abused its discretion in setting the higher […]




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White powder scare at North Dallas synagogue

| May 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



DALLAS — A hazardous materials team was checking out a white powder scare at Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue in North Dallas Saturday morning. Police said two men were seen scattering 12 mounds of white powder on the parking lot and along the sidewalk of the religious center at 6304 Beltline Road. A witness spotted the […]




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Historic Synagogue Devastated After Theft of Six Torahs

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



Residents of the northern Israeli city of Safed are in shock after the discovery of six Torah scrolls stolen from the historic Tzemach Tzedek Synagogue. But even as police continue their investigation into the Friday night theft, members of the local community have commissioned the writing of a new Torah scroll in the hope that […]




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