Vandalism won’t stop Folsom synagogue

| March 15, 2012

A recent act of vandalism won’t stop a local synagogue from practicing their faith.

According to Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, executive director at the Chabad Jewish Community Center, someone threw a large rock through the side window so hard that it hit an arc and cracked one of its doors inside the center at 302 South Lexington Drive, Folsom. Grossbaum said he entered the synagogue Saturday, March 3, to find broken glass all over the room.

“We shook the glass off of the tables and held Shabbat services as normal,” Grossbaum said. “After Shabbat we filed a police report and cleaned up.”

Grossbaum said this occurrence is “a possible hate crime.” However, the police said there is no evidence that it is anything more than an unfortunate random act of vandalism.

“The (vandalism) occurred between 10 p.m., Friday, March 2, and noon the next morning,” said Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department spokesman. “An unknown suspect threw a river rock through an exterior glass door.”

Browning said according to police records, “this was an isolated incident and the staff didn’t have any reason to believe they were victimized due to their faith.”

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