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Person of interest sought in connection with Bergen synagogue firebombings

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



BERGEN COUNTY — The unidentified man in the photos above is being sought for questioning by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit and the Rutherford Police Department in connection with the firebombing that occurred at the Temple Beth El in Rutherford on Jan. 11, according to information released by the prosecutor's office this […]




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Firebombed Rutherford temple seeking donations to up security following attack

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — The Orthodox synagogue that was firebombed in an apparent arson attack last week is seeking donations to improve its security infrastructure. The old Victorian house that serves as both a temple and the residence of Rabbi Nosson Schuman and his family was set ablaze last Wednesday when an unknown number of persons threw […]




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Officials pledge federal resources for investigation into temple firebombing, bias crimes

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



PARAMUS — Federal elected officials from North Jersey and across the state pledged resources in the investigation into the firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue at a meeting convened to discuss safety at Jewish temples Thursday night. Rabbi Nosson Schuman joined members of New Jersey's Congressional delegation and local officials as he recounted the early-morning attack […]




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Arsonists could face federal charges for firebombing of Rutherford synagogue

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — The person — or persons — who threw Molotov cocktails through the windows of the Congregation Beth El synagogue Wednesday face a minimum of 40 years in prison, authorities said. An FBI official said they have been involved for two weeks "in a support capacity" with the Bergen County Prosecutor's office investigation into […]




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Officials, community leaders urge vigilance from Bergen County residents after firebombing of Rutherford synagogue

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — Officials and community leaders in Bergen County are calling for a "higher level of awareness" from area residents after a series of bias crimes on Jewish temples, including the firebombing of a synagogue Wednesday. "I don't think that this is the type of offense that we should just have a higher level of […]




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Prosecutor: Rutherford synagogue was firebombed in attempted murder

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — Arsonists threw Molotov cocktails into the windows of an Orthodox synagogue while the rabbi and his family slept inside early this morning, authorities said. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli today told reporters Congregation Beth El on Montross Avenue was firebombed by one or more arsonists who threw multiple explosive devices into the temple […]




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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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Houses of Worship Work to Combat Fraud

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



LAS VEGAS — Typically fraud schemes and embezzlement in government and business make the news. But fraud examiners say places of worship are the most vulnerable to fraud. Experts say it is an unlikely venue that needs more safeguards. The Nehemiah Ministries on Rancho Drive and Gowan Road takes extra precautions . "With everything we […]




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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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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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