Tag: synagogue

A Montreal pilgrimage in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen

By Ben Harris

Just inside the gate of the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue off Boulevard du Mont Royal, a gravestone bears an unusual Star of David, the sharp angles of its two opposing triangles — one reaching heavenward, the other aimed at the earth — softened into the shape of hearts. A dozen red roses scattered on the ground are signs of recent visitors, and an overflowing mound of stones on top, in keeping with the Jewish custom, is evidence of many more.

The footstone is engraved in Hebrew with the…

Teens Apologize for Threatening to Bomb Swedish Jews at Malmo Synagogue

A rabbi living in the southern Swedish city of Malmo said that two teenagers who last year came to the local synagogue to threaten Jews apologized for their actions.

Moshe David HaCohen revealed the incident to the media for the first time in an interview by Sveriges Radio.

The high school students, whose identity was not disclosed in the report, waited outside the synagogue in December to confront Jews, HaCohen said. They threatened to “throw bombs” on them, then fled.

The Jewish community contacted nearby high schools, leading to the identification of the teens. The principal suggested that the teens apologize,…

Student at British private school tried to force-feed ham pizza to Jewish student

(JTA) — A teenage student at a prestigious British private school was suspended for trying to force-feed a slice of ham pizza to a Jewish student while others watched.

The incident at Clifton College in Bristol, in southwest England, occurred in December but was first reported by the local media on Wednesday.

The Jewish student, 15, “suffered psychologically” from the incident, according to the Bristol Post. He continues to attend the school, as do the teens who attempted to force him to eat the ham-topped slice. The newspaper reported it was a short suspension but did not say how long.

New Jersey Holocaust memorial vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

(JTA) — A Holocaust memorial in New Jersey and the adjacent synagogue were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Swastikas and the number 666, which is associated with Satan and the Beast of Revelation in the New Testament, were among the graffiti painted in red on the memorial on Route 9 in Lakewood, according to the Asbury Park Press. Similar graffiti was painted on the walls of Congregation Sons of Israel, as well as on a white pickup truck parked outside the synagogue.

The vandalism was reported on Saturday morning and is believed to have occurred the night before.

In July,…

NYPD letter about wanted pedophile presented in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A convicted pedophile from New York is wanted in the city for another alleged offense, according to a document issued by the New York Police Department that was presented in an Israeli court.

The document was presented Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Jerusalem District Court for a libel suit filed by the convicted pedophile, Yona Weinberg, against Rabbi Yanky Horowitz, an anti-abuse activist from Monsey, New York.

According to the police document dated March 7,  Weinberg’s move to Israel in 2014 with his wife and young children has prevented him from being arrested and charged with…