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Holocaust discovery: Ritual baths uncovered in synagogue complex destroyed by Nazis – Fox News

| August 17, 2017

Archaeologists have uncovered two ritual baths in the remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna (Vilnius), in Lithuania, more than 70 years after its destruction during the Holocaust. A team of experts from Israel, the U.S. and Lithuania uncovered the baths in the Lithuanian capital last month, the latest discovery at the historic site.

Bail set at $50000 for suspect who urinated on Northeast Philly synagogue’s front door – Philly.com

| August 17, 2017

The man suspected of urinating on the front door of a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue and giving the finger to a security camera recording the act was arraigned on a host of charges Wednesday, includingethnic intimidation and indecent exposure. Police said bail forSheidali Dzhalilovwas set at $50,000, but it was unclear Wednesday night whether he was still in custody.

Great Synagogue of Vilna’s Jewish Ritual Baths, Destroyed in Holocaust, Found by Archaeologists – Haaretz

| August 17, 2017

The Nazis burned and looted the synagogue but it was the Russians who knocked it down as they set out to eradicate Jewish memories in Lithuania after WWII. An international team of archaeologists has unearthed the remains of ritual baths at the Great Synagogue in Vilna, which had been burned and ransacked by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and was finally pulled down once and for all by the Russians in 1965 as they set out to eradicate all memory of the Jews in Lithuania. How long Jews lived in Lithuania is hard to know.

Charlottesville Cops Refused to Protect Synagogue – Yahoo News

| August 17, 2017

The Jewish community in Charlottesvillehired armed security to protectits synagogue for the first timeafterlocal police declined to provide a guard for the site despite hundreds of white supremacists congregating on the town over the weekend fora rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer. Alan Zimmerman, president of the Congregation Beth Israel in the Virginia town, wrote a blog postpublished on Monday evening following the violent scenes on Saturday that resulted in a car-ramming attackthat took place just 200 feet from the place of worship. He described the fearhe felt in the presence of white supremacists, who rallied aroundanti-Semitic slogans, as 40 members of the community prayed in the synagogue, withoutsupport from the local authorities

Court Rules on Touro Synagogue Ownership – Newport This Week

| August 17, 2017

By Brooke Constance White An appellate court in Massachusetts recently overturned a U.S. District Court ruling about who ultimately owns the oldest synagogue in America. The U.S

Barcelona Synagogue, Jewish Institutions Protectively Shuttered Following Terrorist Atrocity – Algemeiner

| August 17, 2017

Email a copy of "Barcelona Synagogue, Jewish Institutions Protectively Shuttered Following Terrorist Atrocity" to a friend Barcelona police vehicles rush to the site of Thursdays terror attack. Photo: Screenshot

DOJ secures guilty plea in attempted hate crime attack on Florida synagogue – CNN International

| August 16, 2017

The timing of Justice Department's announcement of James Gonzalo Medina's guilty plea struck a chord during a week plagued by the aftermath of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. The FBI launched an investigation into Medina in 2016 after authorities learned he had expressed anti-Semitic views with associates and discussed plans to attack the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in southern Florida, according to court filings

Broward man admits synagogue bomb plot, expected to serve 25 years and get treatment – Sun Sentinel

| August 16, 2017

A Broward man admitted Wednesday that he planned to bomb an Aventura synagogue during Passover last year. But James Gonzalo Medina, 41, of Hollywood, has been diagnosed with a spider-like brain cyst that may have affected his conduct, according to the defense. Under an uncommon agreement between the prosecution and defense, Medina is expected to be locked up for 25 years and will spend at least the first portion of that in a prison medical ward where he can get treatment for the cyst and his mental health

Man caught on video urinating on Philadelphia synagogue, giving lewd hand gesture to camera – ABC News

| August 16, 2017

Police in Philadelphia are searching for a man caught on surveillance video giving a lewd hand gesture to the camera and then urinating on the walls of a synagogue. On Sunday at about 12:30 a.m., the unknown man was seen on surveillance video approaching the front doors of the Congregation Beth Solomon, the Philadelphia Police Department said. The suspect "gave an obscene hand gesture in the direction of the camera, then began to urinate on the walls, and sidewalk directly in front of the doors of the Synagogue," police said in a statement.

2 days in jail, $4500, psych treatment for Loop synagogue defacement – Chicago Sun-Times

| August 16, 2017

A Pilsen man charged with a hate crime for defacing the Chicago Loop Synagogue in February has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors that saw him sentenced to the two days he already served in the Cook County Jail. Stuart Wright, 32, also was ordered to pay restitution of $4,500 and must seek treatment for his diagnosed schizophrenia, according to court records and his lawyer. This is not a hate-crime issue, attorney Michael Byrne told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday.


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