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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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‘Torah thief rabbi’ claim doesn’t have a prayer in court

| May 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



Testimony was concluded last week in a bitter three-year court case in which a Brooklyn rabbi who was once convicted of stealing a Torah from an Upstate synagogue and trying to fence it, now claims to be a member and assistant rabbi of an East Village orthodox synagogue — which the synagogue’s rabbi and congregation […]




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Iranian student deported from India for spying on synagogue, Chabad

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



(JTA) — Police in Pune, India, deported an Iranian doctoral candidate for "undesirable activities," which reportedly included spying on a local synagogue and the Chabad house. It was discovered through intercepted e-mails that Hamid Kashkouli, who was studying for his doctorate at the University of Pune, was an undercover agent for the Iranian government, the […]




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NYPD beefs up security ahead of Passover; already had extra patrols after France attack

| April 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



NEW YORK – The New York Police Department is beefing up security at the city's synagogues and other Jewish sites this week for the Passover holiday in the wake of a deadly attack on a religious school in France last month. Authorities stressed that there have been no specific threats reported in the city for […]




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Chicago-area synagogue and school vandalized

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



CHICAGO (MCT) — Anti-Semitic words spray-painted at a North Side synagogue and Jewish school early Wednesday were covered with tarps and later blasted from bricks and sidewalk in an effort to shield students from the hate-filled phrases, officials said. “The kids have had a normal day in school, and they have been protected from this,” […]




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Toulouse tragedy: questions over Jewish school security provision

| March 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



There were surveillance cameras and a tall fence around the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse. But the cameras were not manned and there was no guard. The tragedy was "an accident waiting to happen" according to a British member of the city's Jewish community. Stephen Peters, a former board member of London's New West End […]




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