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Local synagogues have new resources to strengthen High Holiday security

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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:50 am

Amid a rash of high-profile anti-Semitic incidents and vandalism in the Valley last winter and spring, one incident stood out due both to its brazenness and the severity of the damage.

On the morning of Dec. 25, the first day of Chanukah, a board member of Temple Beth Shalom and the Jewish Community Center of the Northwest Valley in Sun City noticed deep tire marks next to the synagogue’s large outdoor menorah. It appeared that a truck had rammed into the base. Two of the outside arms of the menorah were twisted downward. The vandals also kicked over the synagogue’s Holocaust memorial, yanking out electrical wires and bending the copper that had names of concentration camps on it. There have been no arrests in the case.

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