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Sullivan synagogue gets support after Torah scroll theft

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



MONTICELLO — Shock, outrage and sadness filled Monticello's oldest synagogue Sunday afternoon in response to the theft of its sacred Torah scroll two weeks ago. Inside the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, about 75 people gathered to show their support and ask for the return of the scroll. "When God sees that so many people care, he […]




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Italy: Teacher threatens to commit massacre in synagogue

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



Italian media outlets reported over the weekend that a teacher from the northern city of Torino has posted a message on his Facebook page threatening to commit a massacre in a local synagogue. According to reports, Renato Pallavidini, 55, who was convicted of Holocaust denial four years ago, is registered as a high school teacher […]




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North Jersey Synagogues On Edge After Recent Incidents

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



PARAMUS, NJ (WCBS 880) – Several synagogues in North Jersey are reviewing their security measures following a recent series of bias incidents. At Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus on Friday, congregants were unsettled, as they could still smell the fuel and see the scorch marks on the outside wall that remind them of the […]




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Synagogue Bombing Trial on Hold

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Ron Hirsch, indicted on charges that he planted a bomb at a Santa Monica Hebrew school in April and then fled to Ohio, remains in federal custody awaiting further psychiatric evaluations. An earlier evaluation in October found him incompetent to stand trial, and he was ordered hospitalized for four months. At that time, the federal […]




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Synagogue leaders ask for return of stolen Torah

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



MONTICELLO — Leaders of Monticello's Landfield Avenue Synagogue are hoping the congregation's stolen Torah will be found or returned by the thief who stole the sacred scroll sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. The $35,000 Sefer Torah, a handwritten copy of the first five books of the bible, was found to be missing, along with […]




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NYPD study: Jews are often terror targets

| December 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



Nearly half of the terror plots aimed at the city since 1992 have targeted Jewish people or institutions, prompting police to ramp up security around such facilities during the holiday season, according to an NYPD intelligence analysis. Friday, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said there was no specific threat against the city around the Christmas holiday […]




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Police: Man Burglarized 10 Houses of Worship

| December 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Long Beach man was arrested in connection with 10 burglaries at houses of worship throughout the city since last summer. Terrence Farr, 44, was arrested on Dec. 8 and arraigned at Long Beach City Court by Judge Frank Dikranis on Friday. Farr is being held at the Nassau County Correction Facility in lieu of […]




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Mount Dora honored for response to synagogue vandalism

| December 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



The Anti-Defamation League will designate Mount Dora as a "Community of Respect" in recognition of the city's swift response to anti-Semitic vandalism at Traditional Congregation, the city's only Jewish house of worship. Vandals sprayed hate messages on the synagogue with green, red and orange paint in July, a crime which was decried by city leaders […]




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Synagogue Vandalized In Eastern Belarus

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



BABRUYSK, Belarus — A synagogue has been vandalized in the eastern Belarusian city of Babruysk, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports. The synagogue's secretary, Maya Savatseyeva, told RFE/RL that vandals smashed the synagogue's windows at about 2 a.m. on November 18. On November 11, a swastika and "Death to Jews!" was daubed on the fence surrounding the […]




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Queens man charged with spray-painting swastikas on synagogue and church

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Cops charged a 40-year-old Jackson Heights man Tuesday with defacing a Queens synagogue, library and church with swastikas, but are still hunting for the anti-semites wanted for torching three cars in Brooklyn. Franco Rodriguez admitted etching his hateful handiwork earlier this month because, he claimed, "Jewish people were harassing him." He faces up to five […]




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Ron Hirsch, accused in Calif. synagogue bombing, arrested in Cleveland Heights: Whatever happened to …?

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Whatever happened to the man accused of bombing a California synagogue who tried to hide in Cleveland Heights? Ron Hirsch, 61, remains in federal custody while awaiting trial in April. Hirsch, who also went by the names Ronald Jay Fisher and Israel Fisher, was arrested in Cleveland Heights April 11 and was accused of fleeing […]




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Man attempting to scam local congregants, say police, synagogue

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



A con man is making the rounds in Lubbock congregations, police and members of a local synagogue say. Congregation Shaareth Israel president Jonathan Marks said a man giving his name as Alan Farahat solicited money from the congregation during its Friday evening service. “He asked if he could make an announcement before the service started, […]




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Solomon Schechter vandalized

| October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



A swastika was scrawled inside a circle on the infield dirt of a baseball field behind the Solomon Schechter Day School in Williston Park and a structure used in a Jewish religious observance was vandalized on the weekend of Oct. 7. The damage to the sukkah, a traditional structure to observe the Jewish harvest ,was […]




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Mayor condemns synagogue vandalism

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Mayor Brad Woodside says the Fredericton community condemns the actions of the individual or individuals who drew a Nazi swastika on the doors of Sgoolai Israel Synagogue on Westmorland Street this weekend. "It's a very sad commentary," he said Tuesday night after the regular public council meeting. It's the first incident of anti-Semitic vandalism in […]




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Vandals scrawl ‘Death to the Jews’ on synagogues in Safed

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Unknown vandals scrawled "Death to the Jews" on four synagogues and a vehicle in the northern city of Safed on Tuesday night. "This is an unusual phenomenon, which does not characterize the nature of the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Safed," said Safed Mayor Ilan Shohat. "Just as we condemn the desecration of Islamic […]




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