Synagogues In Los Angeles And Richmond Vandalized During Protests

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Graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of Congregation Beth Israel in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, May 30, 2020. (Lisa Daftari/Twitter)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – A synagogue in Los Angeles was vandalized with graffiti reading “F**k Israel” and “Free Palestine” as protests against the police killing of George Floyd swept the city.

Also Saturday, the window of a synagogue in Richmond, Virginia, was smashed during protests in the city.

Protests have continued for several days in dozens of cities across the United States.

In Los Angeles, the graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of Congregation Beth Israel in the Fairfax district, the Jewish Journal reported. Amid particularly intense protests in the district, several Jewish businesses and restaurants were damaged and looted, Haaretz reported.

Sabbath-observant Jews told Haaretz that they heard helicopters on Saturday and, toward the end of Shabbat, a Hatzalah emergency vehicle drove down the streets urging people to return to their homes.

Several synagogues in Los Angeles were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti over Saturday, including Kehillas Yaakov, a storefront shul, Hamodia reported.

“Vandalism is never ok. Antisemitism is never ok. The answer to hate and bigotry is not more hate. We are better than this Los Angeles,” the Anti-Defamation League of Los Angeles tweeted in response to the first report of the Beth Israel vandalism by journalist Lisa Daftari.

Meanwhile, video posted on Twitter by a college journalist showed a brick thrown by a protester through the window of Congregation Beth Ahabah, a more than 200-year-old Reform congregation in Richmond during Saturday night protests.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Democrats support Jew haters and are anti religious freedom and the mainstream media are fake news propagandists for the democrat party

    Yep the democrat party base is out terrorizing Jews, the leftist anti Israel Jew haters all fully supported by the every elected Democrat from Tehran Nancy to Chucky Schmucky not one who will condemn these anti Israel Jew haters.
    Vote the evil democrats out.

  2. Sorry , it’ts too late and don’t delude yourselves.
    They’ll steal the election and turn this country into Venezuea especially with Covid economy.
    Kepp shutting eyes boychiks, hear no evil , see none.
    Everything’s ok.. you ain’t seen nuthin yet.
    Keep fiddling away with your latest hit niggunim.

  3. Big deal. Stop scaring us.
    My wife just bought a fancy chandelier and we’re loading the Lexus for a weekend at our summer home.
    A couple of synagogues is nothing, don’t mention it already.Torah communities growing in Joizzy , so what’s the problem?
    Riots, Covid job losses and illnesses ???
    Democrats on the culture war front destroying everything we hold dear ??? Cammmmannn..Shah_ Men meint nit unzz!!
    Next thing you”ll scream for aliyah.
    Don’t bother us, it’s not so bad.
    Gotta run to the daf.
    Later.

  4. The Shul schedule on the board in the picture has Purim items (“Megillah Reading Monday, March 9, 2020.”). Is this an older, unrelated photo?

    • Because the MO rabbanim and medical experts have paskined that it’s assur to daven with a minyan and if someone does, it’s a chiyuv to maaser on them. Purim was the last time they davened. I guess a neglected Shul has no siyata dishmaya. Sad.

      • Why do you assume this? The shul is one city’s oldest and has a declining membership. The demographics of the area changed over the last 30 years. Observant Jews have moved further East to Hancock Park/La Brea or West to Pico/Robertson. Most of the congregants including many Holocaust survivors have passed on. Even without the pandemic the shul struggles.

  5. Why is there a need on an apparently frum media site to even spell the first and last letters of an expletive that we would never ever use? Why???

  6. Never miss an opportunity to schnorrer…that about sums up Jewish life in America.

    Jewish life in America has nothing to do with Yiddishkeit…its all about the money…Shame on you!

    AS a result Jewish life in America is tenuous at best deadly at worst.

  7. Moshiach is here , all the SICKOS will soon disappear very soon and so will the vandalizing disappear very soon within this GOG UMAGOG War that has already taken root . – GeorGe ( Floyd ) of Minniapolis Minnesota gives us two ” Gimels ” as well as ” Mems ” from Minniapolis Minn.

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