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Zandra Rhodes Among 100 Fashion Figures at Event Against Antisemitism – WWD

Posted By on March 21, 2024

SPEAKING OUT, AND EATING: Some 100 British fashion figures including Zandra Rhodes, David Sassoon, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Suzy Menkes, Caroline Burstein and Caroline Rush gathered at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London on Saturday morning for a religious and social event hosted by Fashion & Beauty Against Antisemitism.

Cohosts Deborah Lyons and Mandi Lennard called it a special fashion kiddush, and after a morning of prayers, guests spilled into the synagogues reception hall to graze on traditional foods, including honey cake, cholent and latkes, fish balls and mini-bagels with chopped herring.

In between eating, hugging and discussing the state of the industry guests listened to Tracy-Ann Oberman, the British actress whos playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice 1936, in Londons West End, talk about Shakespeares controversial play.

Oberman, whod read The Merchant of Venice as schoolgirl, described it as hateful and horrible. Thats why she was so eager to take on the role of Shylock, and reshape the character entirely into a Jewish matriarch.

The actress, a familiar face on TV and the first British actress to play Shylock, said she called on generations of strong women in her family to inform her role in the play, which is set in East London in the 1930s.

It was a time when the British Union of Fascists were terrorizing the East End, attacking and intimidating Jewish residents but the people, the working class, the Irish, the trade unions, the ordinary heroes stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jews, and defended them, Oberman said.

Benji Park, a fashion influencer, served as master of ceremonies, and reminded the crowd that Jews formed the foundations of the fashion or schmatta industry. He urged guests to attend the Fashion City exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, which highlights the contribution of Jewish designers in turning London into a fashion city.

Lyons said: Its been an incredibly tough few months, contrasted by a tremendous sense of togetherness. We hope this kiddush will be an opportunity to amplify that sense of solidarity and bring some much-needed light to all of us.

She founded Fashion & Beauty Against Antisemitism last year following a wave of antisemitic crimes in the U.K. in the wake of the Oct. 7 terror attack in Israel.

As reported, Lyons drafted a petition denouncing antisemitism and urging people in the industry to speak for peace, or keep quiet. The letter attracted more than 1,000 signatories including Donna Karan, Bobbi Brown, Steven Klein, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Carine Roitfeld, Bar Refaeli and Rachel Zoe.

Lyons is also the founder of the labelMaison Lyonsand cofounder ofLast Yarn, a marketplace to discover, buy and resell surplus fabric.

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Sarasota Man Threatened Jewish Organization In New York And Synagogue In Florida – Tampa Free Press

Posted By on March 21, 2024

SARASOTA, Fla. Deep Alpesh Kumar Patel, 21, Sarasota, has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for transmitting an interstate threat to injure. Patel pleaded guilty on December 15, 2023.

According to the plea agreement, on October 21, 2023, Patel left a threatening voicemail at a Jewish organization in New York City, identifying himself by name and screaming, among other expletives, If I had a chance, I would kill every single one of you Israelis. Every single one of you! Cause mass genocide of every single Israeli.

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Patel also admitted that he had called a synagogue in Temple Terrace, Florida, the same day and left a voicemail threatening voicemail laced with expletives.

As part of a hate crimes penalty enhancement, Patel agreed that he intentionally selected Jewish and/or Israeli individuals as the objects of his threat based on their actual or perceived race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity.

No one should live under the threat of violence or intimidation because of their religion, race, ethnicity or beliefs, stated U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida Roger Handberg. We will continue working with our law enforcement partners at every level to investigate and prosecute those who threaten harm to any citizen as we standunited against hate.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Joint Terrorism Task Force all looked into this case.

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Jason Rubenstein ’04 to Serve as Harvard Hillel Executive Director | News – Harvard Crimson

Posted By on March 21, 2024

Rabbi Jason B. Rubenstein 04 will serve as the next executive director of Harvard Hillel, the organization announced in a press release Monday.

Rubenstein succeeds Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg, who stepped down at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year after 12 years leading the Universitys Jewish center. In the time it took Hillel to select a new executive director, Steinberg left his new role at the Anti-Defamation League and returned to Harvard as an adviser to the presidential task force on antisemitism.

Rubensteins appointment comes amid a heightened focus on antisemitism at Harvard.

The Universitys response to antisemitism on campus following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel has become the center of attention for a congressional investigation into Harvard and contributed to former President Claudine Gays resignation earlier this year.

He previously served as the Jewish chaplain and senior rabbi for the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University for the past six years. Before that, Rubenstein was the dean of students at the Hadar Institute, a center for Jewish education in New York, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rubenstein said in the press release that it will be the honor of a lifetime to lead Harvard Hillel.

My life is immeasurably richer for the people, ideas, and authentic ways of Jewish expression I encountered as an undergraduate at Hillel and the Jewish world is profoundly shaped by the distinctive leadership of generations of Harvard alumni, he wrote.

Interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber 76 said in the press release that Rubenstein was a superb choice.

His understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities and his longstanding, deep connection to the Harvard community will help enable his success, Garber wrote. He is an insightful thinker who has the compassion, temperament, and commitment to ensure that Harvards Jewish students will feel welcome and well-supported.

While at Yale, Rubenstein led efforts to support students after Hamas attack on Israel, including writing an open letter about grief, the conflict, and campus antisemitism.

The resurgence of antisemitism at Harvard and beyond since Oct. 7 has made the work of sustaining Harvards vibrant Jewish life that much more urgent, Rubenstein said in Mondays press release.

Harvard Hillel president Nathan B. Gershengorn 26 also noted the importance of Hillel for Jewish Harvard affiliates in the aftermath of Oct. 7.

Hillel has been more indispensable than ever for Jewish students at Harvard this year, serving as a safe and welcoming home away from home for so many of us when we have needed it most, Gershengorn wrote. We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Rubenstein back into our community.

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Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg: Chabad rabbi who goes to Gaza Street on Purim – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on March 21, 2024

Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg, head of the Chabad of Rechavia, has been hard at work for years making a place for people to feel at home in the center of Jerusalem.

If theres one place that really needs a Chabad center, its right here in Rehavia, he said.

Besides representing one of the worlds largest Jewish religious organizations in the Israeli capital, Goldberg is behind a unique Purim initiative: Azza Zaza.

Ahead of Purim, In Jerusalem sat down with Rabbi Goldberg to talk about his work at Chabad of Rechavia and his signature initiative.

I came here around 14 years ago. The first year, we didnt have a center. We did things from our homes or from local synagogues. In the summer of 2011, we opened our first center in the Windmill. A couple of years before COVID-19, we bought our current center, next to the Great Synagogue on King George Ave. In a couple of weeks, were going to move into our new location, on the corner of Keren Kayemet LeIsrael and Ussishkin streets.

If you think about it, theres one place in the world that everyone wants to go to. Everybody comes to Jerusalem, everybody wants to be here; and when theyre here, they want to get closer. Jerusalem is the place. After the Kotel, whats the next place that people go to from a Jewish perspective to spend time, to have an experience? Its right here in Rehavia. You have the big shuls, the big international organizations its really the place to be. Its such a great privilege to be the representative of Chabad in the center of Jerusalem, which is the center of the world. Thats why Im so determined to build such a large center. I believe that within a year or two, were going to have millions of people from around the world moving here because everyone sees how amazing and special Israel is. Its a huge privilege for us to build an infrastructure that can help people feel at home.

Jerusalem has over 30 Chabad houses and over 60 Chabad rabbis. Every community in Jerusalem is covered. In Rehavia-Nahlaot, there are some 10,000 homes, and we have three rabbis. Some of the homes are obviously owned by our dear friends in the Diaspora. In most regular cities in the US or Europe, 10,000 Jewish homes would be spread out over a huge geographic area. Here, its all crunched into one square kilometer. The idea is you want Chabad houses for x amount of people.

Half a year into being here, I wanted to make an activity for Purim where people could feel at home, hear the Megillah [Esther] reading, receive mishloach manot [sending gifts], donate money to the poor, and have a seudat [festive meal] Purim. But I didnt have a center at the time, so what could I do?

Azza Road has a bunch of restaurants, so I went to the kosher restaurant owners and made them an offer: Id come and read the Megillah there and do the advertising for it, and they would set aside a time and space for Megillah reading, mishloach manot, and donating money. In return, Id encourage the participants to buy their seuda there. Seven of them said yes.

I came up with the name Azza Zaza because it was on Azza Street, and zaza means to rock, and we rocked Azza Street. I thought it would be nice if five people came to each place. But it turned out to be such a major success that we had dozens of people in each place. The first year, the restaurants were jam-packed. Every year, we add more and more places. We added the restaurants on Keren Kayemet LeIsrael St. Then the next year, we added the ones on Bezalel St. Then we did Ginot and Nahlaot, which is very popular, with 100 to 200 people at every Megillah reading.

But you see people from different backgrounds, and the unity is so special. This is beautiful, this is a model for how Am Yisrael should be. I think its so important this year, more than any other year.

Thats an interesting question. During COVID, we couldnt do it in the restaurants. So for two years, we only did it in open areas. That led us to change things a bit. Now we have Azza Zaza in key locations around Rehavia, Nahlaot, Kiryat Shmuel, and Shaarei Hessed, which is very convenient. We added new restaurants too, and some of them are on Azza. When we did some research beforehand about what people liked about Azza Zaza, many participants, especially non-religious people, said they liked that it was in restaurants, so were trying to keep that.

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Contentious Bill Giving Government Power Over City Rabbi Appointments Shelved Amid Coalition Tensions – Israel News – Haaretz

Posted By on March 21, 2024

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Satmar Rabbi Files Lawsuit Against Town of Ramapo Over Flying Israeli Flag At Town Hall – Rockland County Business Journal

Posted By on March 21, 2024

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A Ramapo Satmar Rabbi says it is illegal to fly an Israeli flag on government property in the Town of Ramapo.

Leibish Iliovits claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Rockland County Supreme Court that the Town of Ramapo is violating New York State law, which prohibits flying the flag of another country. Town Supervisor Michael Specht is also named as a defendant.

The lawsuit relies on Section 141, Chapter 44, Article 5 of the New York Public Buildings law, which prohibits flying a foreign flag on government property absent an applicable exception.

Iliovits asserts the flying of the flag in front of Ramapos town hall violates his first amendment rights, freedom of speech, free exercise of his religion, freedom of association and the establishment clause and for acts of viewpoint discrimination and retaliation.

The New York statute states: It shall not be lawful to display the flag or emblem of any foreign country upon any state, county, or municipal building. The statute makes an exception when a public official displays a flag when a foreigner visits a municipality as a public guest.

Ramapo officials displayed the blue-and-white flag with a Star of David on Oct. 12 to show solidarity with the Jewish State following the terrorist group Hamass invasion and killing of Israeli citizens. It did not, at that time, issue a proclamation but the town stands firm in its belief that the flag is flying legally.

In 2022, the United States Supreme Court in Shurtleff v. City of Boston said the flying of a foreign flag can be a permissible expression of government speech, though it also found that if a government allows third parties to fly flags on municipal buildings, it cannot discriminate based on content. The case concerned the City of Bostons program that allowed outside groups to have their flags flown outside Boston City Hall. In a 9-0 decision, the Court ruled the city violated a Christians groups free speech rights when it denied its request to raise a Christian flag over City Hall.

The U.S. Supreme Court has regularly recognized that a government has the right to speak for itself. It may say what it wishes, and more importantly, may select the views it wants to express. As a general rule, government speech is not subject to scrutiny under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Government speech can apply in a wide variety of contexts public radio or television, erection of park monuments, specialty license plates, and flag raisings are just a few examples but it only applies when the speech originates with the government. It is generally free to have and share its own viewpoint, but cannot discriminate based on content.

A court may have to address the issue of whether the Town of Ramapos First Amendments right to speak for itself and by displaying an Israeli flag trumps the state statute banning the flying of foreign flags.

Among the Satmar Hasidic community, there is widespread opposition to the state of Israel or the public use or display of any of its symbols including the flag and the Star of David.

The Satmars made two requests in February to Town Supervisor Michael Specht to remove the flag, unsuccessfully. With a third stab, the town attached a proclamation, which it says satisfies New York Law.

But the plaintiff disagrees, arguing the proclamation was issued more than two months after the flag was first posted and the purported reason for the display of the flag fails to indicate that those it seeks to honor were specifically guests of Ramapo.

The opposition is particularly painful now because of Israels current war and the tactics used by it in Gaza and upon its millions of Palestinians, the lawsuit states. Iliovits says he is a leader in the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community in Rockland County, and that his community relies on his guidance on cultural, religious, and social issues. The plaintiff says many in his community feel extreme displeasure to unsettled discomfort, at the sight of the flag.

He claims members of his community are unwilling to enter the town hall and that those who do so feel great trepidation due to the flag.

Nearly 100,000 or 30 percent of Rockland Countys population is Jewish, with an estimated 50,000 Hasidic Jews. Satmar is one of the largest Hasidic dynasties in the world, with some 26,000 households. It is characterized by extreme conservatism, complete rejection of modern culture, and fierce anti-Zionism.

Not all Hasidim align with the Satmars, who believe the Jewish people were not meant to return to Israel through exertion of physical force but were instead meant to wait for divine intervention and messianic destiny.

The late Grand Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum (for whom Kiryas Joel is named) taught his followers to confront Zionism.

Ultra-orthodox sects such as the Satmars see Zionist symbolism as an ever-present lure to its dangerous philosophies and, ultimately, a threat to the Jewish people and faith, the lawsuit states. It finds the nation-state of Israel no less a danger as one united with Zionism.

The suit says it is unclear whos suggestion or request or from which government official the Israeli flag found its way to be prominently displayed on the front of the Ramapo building.

The plaintiff is seeking to have the flag taken down immediately and permanently. He is represented by Jonathan Wallace of Amagansett, NY and Stanley L Cohen of Jeffersonville, NY.

Town Supervisor Michael Specht said the flag remains aloft but said he had no comment at this time when asked about the lawsuit.

On October 7, the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas (a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, or FTO) led surprise attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip. More than 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals (including at least 35 U.S. citizens in Israel) were killed. Gazas health ministry has reported the number of Palestinians killed in the war has surpassed 30,000.

The raising of the Israeli flag has been a continuous issue in Rockland County. The Israeli flag has been repeatedly swiped from the outside of Ramapo Town Hall. In the first theft, two men Alter Goldberger, 75, of Monroe in Orange County, and Yehonatan Ovadia, 32, of Chestnut Ridge have pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid $25 each for the cost of the flag.

Both men were accused of stealing the flag in November as a hate crime. They purportedly were affiliated with an anti-Israel state group, Neturei Karta, meaning Guardians of the City in Aramaic. The anti-Zionist group supports dissolving the state of Israel, formed in May 1948, until the coming of the Messiah.

In the Town of Clarkstown, a 15-year-old was charged in connection with the theft of an Israeli flag from Town Hall on Thanksgiving. His case was handled by the County Attorneys Office in Family Court because of his age. There is no Israeli flag flying at Clarkstown town hall, as of this writing.

Rockland for Ceasefire, a recently formed group that is demanding an end to the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, has been campaigning to have Israeli flags removed, and for towns and villages to sign resolutions supporting a Middle East ceasefire. To date, both the Village of Nyack and Clarkstown have denied the groups request for a resolution, saying it is not the business of municipal government.

While several municipalities have exercised their presumed rights to fly the Israeli flag, Rockland County Ed Day says its policy is not to fly flags of other countries on county buildings.

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School to hire new rabbi The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle – The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Posted By on March 21, 2024

The school began the process of hiring a new spiritual leader for the 2024-2025 school year, a position that has not been filled since the passing of Rabbi Emily Feigenson in March 2020. For the last four years, Reverend Anne Gardner has been the sole religious figure at the school.

President Rick Commons said the new leader will work alongside Gardner as someone who has experience in working with Jewish students.

What weve decided to do is pair someone with Gardner, who is not necessarily a rabbi, but somebody who has expertise in working with students who are Jewish or identify as Jewish, and who has expertise in Jewish life and culture, Commons said.

After the passing of Feigenson and the simultaneous retirement of Father Jae Young, the school decided to hire a chaplain who could represent all people of all religions. Garnder identified that the school would benefit from hiring someone with knowledge of rabbinic studies, according to Commons.

Jewish Club co-leader Oren Hartstein 24 said he and his co-leader, Charlotte Newman 24, were consulted by the administration about the decision.

Jewish Club was made aware that the school intended on hiring a rabbi, Hartstein said. Newman and I were both aware of the decision and consulted on if we thought a rabbi would be a welcome addition to our school, [but] the decision itself was made by members of the administration.

Jewish Club was made aware that the school intended on hiring a rabbi, Hartstein said. Newman and I were both aware of the decision and consulted on if we thought a rabbi would be a welcome addition to our school, [but] the decision itself was made by members of the administration.

Sydney Assil 26 said that having a rabbi on campus will be helpful in creating a welcoming environment for Jewish students.

[A rabbi on campus] will create a supportive and safe environment for me and my Jewish peers, Assil said. I know that we have a Church on campus and other religious support, but theres no one for Jewish kids to go toabout our culture and religion.

Commons said that hiring a rabbi is part of the schools commitment to combat antisemitism as it rises globally.

We are in times when there is a rising tide of antisemitismin Los Angeles and around the world, Commons said. Harvard-Westlake has committed to fighting against the tide and trying to reduce it where we are and everywhere that our students go. [Hiring a new rabbi]is part of that as well.

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Arsonist with kill rabbi tattoo sentenced to decades in prison for burning rabbi’s home – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Posted By on March 21, 2024

(New York Jewish Week) An arsonist with a tattoo reading KILL Rabbi Max was sentenced to decades in prison for setting fire to a rabbis home in 2019.

Matthew Karelefsky, 46, was convicted last month of charges including attempted murder, arson and assault for the crime in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood. On Monday, he received a sentence in Brooklyn Supreme Court of 25 years to life in prison.

The crime occurred on June 13, 2019, when a rabbi at a Midwood yeshiva woke up shortly before 4 a.m. to a fire in his family home. The flames spread to houses on either side of the rabbis property, forcing 13 people to evacuate the buildings. Six people were injured by smoke inhalation, including a 6-week-old infant.

After the fire, K9 investigators found arson implements underneath the rabbis front porch. The items included a Kingsford charcoal bag, a plastic milk carton and empty containers of lighter fluid.

Video surveillance showed Karelefsky purchasing the items at a neighborhood grocery store the day before the fire and igniting the blaze. Police arrested Karelefsky in New York two days after the fire. Karelefsky was living near Pittsburgh at the time of the incident.

Karelefsky had a tattoo on his forearm that said, Never let go of the HATRED KILL Rabbi Max, the Brooklyn district attorneys office said. The rabbi was not identified in the statement, but was named as Rabbi Jonathan Max in media reports.

Karelefsky claimed that Max had abused him as a child, but did not provide evidence. Max dismissed the allegation, saying he had not known Karelefsky as a child, only meeting him as an adult. Karelefsky began threatening Max when the rabbi supported Karelefskys wife in divorce proceedings, Max said.

Hes a very amiable fellow, Max told the New York Times in 2019. You talk to him, hes the sweetest guy. Theres no anger in me toward him. Hes sick. How can you be angry at disease?

Karelefsky declined to comment to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency at the time of the arson. There do not appear to be any other public accusations of sexual misconduct against Max.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement on Monday that Karelefsky had been brought to justice.

This defendants actions destroyed the homes of several families and put numerous people in harms way, Gonzalez said. I am thankful that there were no life-threatening injuries.

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Absurd and Obscene: Manhattan Rabbi Slams Canadas Trudeau for Punishing Israel – VINNews

Posted By on March 21, 2024

NEW YORK (VINnews) Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, the rabbi of an iconic Manhattan shul, lashed out at the Canadian government for its disgraceful decision to withhold arms from Israel and continue to fund UNRWA, which he called effectively a subcontractor of Hamas.

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The renowned Senior Rabbi of Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side tweeted a picture of himself holding his Canadian ID card, and wrote that he is a Canadian who is embarrassed of the Canadian government.

Rabbi Steinmetz posted the following:

I am a Canadian who is embarrassed of the Canadian government. Prime Minister Trudeau has decided to officially suspend sales of weapons to Israel and to continue to fund UNWRA, which is effectively a subcontractor of Hamas.

He continued, This policy of rewarding terrorists and punishing a democratic ally is absurd and obscene. It is particularly galling that a Prime Minister who went out of his way to court the Jewish community when he needed them has turned his back on Israel so quickly.

History will eventually tell the story of Trudeau the appeaser. And long after he exits the world stage, Israel will remain, strong and proud, a beacon of democracy in the Middle East.

Invoking a timely and appropos message from the Megillah, he concluded his tweet:

[Safety] and Salvation will stand for the Jews from a different source, and you and your fathers family will be destroyed.

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25 years to life for man who set fire to rabbi’s Brooklyn home in hate-fueled arson – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Posted By on March 21, 2024

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP

A 46-year-old from Pennsylvania will spend the rest of his life in prison after he burned down three houses in Midwood in an attempt to kill a rabbi.

Matthew Karelefsky, 46, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday for his involvement in a 2019 arson that targeted a rabbis home in the Midwood.

The arson resulted in the destruction of three homes, including that of the intended victim, and caused injuries to six individuals, among them a six-week-old infant, a firefighter and two NYPD officers.

Karelefsky was convicted on Feb. 7, 2024, of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, six counts of second-degree assault, and two counts of fourth-degree arson following a jury trial in front of Justice Donald Leo.

The conviction stems from an incident on June 13, 2019, when a fire was deliberately set at a three-story multi-family home at 1492 E. 17th St., spreading to adjacent properties and necessitating the evacuation of 13 residents.

This defendants actions destroyed the homes of several families and put numerous people in harms way, said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. I am thankful that there were no life-threatening injuries. With todays sentence, this defendant has been brought to justice.

Investigations revealed that the fire was intentionally ignited underneath the front porch of the rabbis home, with fire marshals finding evidence of an accelerant, including remnants of a Kingsford charcoal bag, charcoal, a plastic milk carton, empty lighter fluid containers, lighter boxes and several rags soaked in lighter fluid. Video surveillance captured Karelefsky purchasing the arson materials at a local grocery store the day before the incident and later setting the fire.

Karelefsky was apprehended on June 15, 2019, in Manhattan. At the time of his arrest, he was identified in part by his distinctive attire a pink shirt with a white collar as seen in surveillance footage near the scene before and after the arson. Notably, Karelefsky has a tattoo on his forearm stating, Never let go of the HATRED KILL Rabbi Max, which, along with his social media posts, indicated a premeditated animosity towards the rabbi.

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