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Rabbi busts trio of thieves stealing copper memorials from historic synagogue

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Three punks were charged with breaking into a historic Lower East Side synagogue after a rabbi spotted them trying to steal copper memorials from a wall. Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum was checking on Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Sunday when he saw the men stacking the plates inside the Norfolk Street landmark, which has been closed for […]




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Israel issues urgent Sinai travel advisory ahead of Sukkot

| October 10, 2011 | 0 Comments



Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Monday warned Israelis to stay away from the Sinai Peninsula during the upcoming week-long Festival of Tabernacles (Sukkot), which begins Wednesday night, for fear of possible attacks from militants based there. A statement from the Bureau also urged Israelis currently in the peninsula "to leave at once and return to Israel." […]




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Israeli Cabinet Condemns Religious Site Vandalism

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



Jerusalem, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ministers of his cabinet on Sunday strongly condemned the recent vandalism of religious sites, after dozens of Muslim and Christian gravestones were found desecrated on Saturday. "Recently we have witnessed attacks on Muslim sites, a Christian site, and a Jewish site — a synagogue — which […]




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Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle. Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars. She supplemented her income using […]




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ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic Incidents Reported In DC Region In 2010 Remain Level

| October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following a consistent trend over the last several years, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the DC region remained constant in 2010, with a total of 53 incidents of assaults, vandalism and harassment reported during the calendar year, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic […]




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Woman jailed over £36,000 theft from Leeds synagogue

| September 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



AN OFFICE administrator who pocketed more than £36,000 from a Jewish charitable organisation in Yorkshire has been jailed for eight months. Susan Rudette began taking money from the United Hebrew Congregation in Shadwell Lane, Leeds, initially out of greed, to fund a lifestyle she could not afford, including a new kitchen. But Sheffield Crown Court […]




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Synagogue security is beefed up

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



Synagogue-goers were warned this week to remain vigilant during Rosh Hashanah services after a number of terrorism-related arrests and the Palestinians statehood bid. A statement by the Community Security Trust noted that "security measures will be at the same high level as in recent years. The number of UK terrorist arrests has not diminished since […]




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Safe Shuls

| September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



Synagogues need to take responsibility for their security, said retired New York Police Department detective Mordecai Dzikansky, who served as the NYPD’s liaison with the Israeli police in the aftermath of 9/11. “If you are relying solely on police you’re leaving yourself vulnerable,” Dzikansky said in an interview. Dzikansky spoke with the Jewish Standard after […]




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Chabad Center reports theft of three silver religious items

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



WAYNE – According to the Wayne Police, silver religious objects were reported stolen from the Chabad Center of Passaic County. Rabbi Michael Gurkov told police that the items were last used on Sept. 10 and he noticed them missing on Sept. 12. The Chabad Center is located on Ratzer Road. The items are a silver […]




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Synagogue in J’lem set alight in suspected arson attack

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



A synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot Bet was set alight on Sunday in a case of suspected arson. An initial police investigation found that a flammable liquid had been poured at three separate spots at the Hanichei Hayeshivot study hall and then set on fire. A student studying at the institute entered the […]




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Religious antiques stolen from Wayne synagogue

| September 16, 2011 | 0 Comments



WAYNE TOWNSHIP – Two silver breastplates and a silver pointer used during services were stolen from the Chabad Center earlier this week, police said. Rabbi Michael I. Gurkow told police that the antique items were taken from a cabinet in the Ratzer Road sanctuary sometime between Sept. 10 and Sept. 12, authorities said. The pointer […]




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Police Plan To Raise Security Again For Jewish High Holidays

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Security in the city remains tight following the anniversary of September 11th as police look forward to the High Holy days. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday that security will not be as severe, but will have to remain in place for some time until threats are entirely gone. He said officers will still be […]




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Bukharian temple gets security funds

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



With the help of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s (D-Fresh Meadows) office, a Kew Gardens Hills Bukharian synagogue was awarded a $75,000 federal grant to bolster its security. “We helped fill out the application,” Lancman said during a news conference outside Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim, at 150-62 78th Road in Kew Gardens Hills. “It was […]




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Rosh Hashanah Travel Warnings

| September 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, events in the Palestinian sphere anticipated for later this month and the upcoming Jewish holidays are liable to create an incentive for terrorist groups to perpetrate attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets abroad. As it does every year ahead of Rosh Hashanah and the other holidays that […]




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Synagogues look at security as 9/11 landmark nears

| September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



Although this year’s High Holidays follow close behind the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, local synagogues are not making any major overhauls to their usual security procedures. The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, through briefings with national advisory organization Secure Community Network (SCN), has encouraged synagogues and other member agencies to revisit security plans, […]




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