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December 25, 2014 / 3 Tevet, 5775
 
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Steven Sotloff’s Parents to Light Public Menorah in His Memory

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, will light a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

Arthur and Shirley Sotloff will light the first candle of Hanukkah Tuesday night at the Chabad center in Miami.

“Steve was a proud Jew who always enjoyed the holidays,” his father, Arthur Sotloff, told Chabad.org. “It was one of his defining characteristics.”

“Chanukah is a time we commemorate the vanquishing of our enemies who tried to deprive us of our right to live with Torah,” Arthur Sotloff said. “The Maccabees fought for Judaism, and Steve fought for the values they endowed us with.”

The directors of the Chabad center in Miami, Rabbi Yossi and Nechama Harlig, got to know the Sotloffs during the Shiva period for their son. They decided Hanukkah would be the appropriate time to honor the slain journalist “who sought to bring a little more light and truth to the world,” according to Chabad.org

Sotloff, who grew up in Miami, was abducted on Aug. 4, 2013, after crossing the Syrian border from Turkey. On Sept. 2, ISIS released a nearly three-minute video online titled “A Second Message to America” showing the beheading of Sotloff.

Sotloff published articles from Syria, Egypt and Libya in various publications, including Time.com, the World Affairs Journal and Foreign Policy. He also freelanced for The Jerusalem Post and the Jerusalem Report magazine.

It was revealed after his death that Sotloff, 31, held Israeli citizenship. His connections to Israel and the Jewish community reportedly had been sanitized from the Internet and social media in order to keep the information from his radical Islamic captors.

Sotloff, a grandson of Holocaust survivors, made aliyah in 2005.

His parents have established The 2Lives Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation to provide scholarships for journalism students.

Hanukkah-Decorated Florida Home Vandalized with Swastika

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

A Jewish man found a swastika drawn on the gate to his home where he had put up decorations for Hanukkah.

David Cohen, 72 and a resident of North Fort Myers, Fla., told police that he found the swastika drawn onto his gate on Monday afternoon.

“I can’t even say how mad it makes me feel,” Cohen told news-press.com. “If it was a kid, I’d say they were very stupid. If it was an adult, they are very ignorant.”

The swastika was about four inches in length.

“I first saw it Monday when I came back from the North Fort Myers Community Center,” Cohen said.

Cohen reported the incident to the sheriff’s office and kept the fence open in order to avoid seeing the swastika and then painted over it.

He also placed a Menorah, dreidel and a Star of David near and around his lawn, which so far has been not vandalized.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Semitites Vandalize Miami Synagogues

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Vandals attacked two synagogues and a supermarket in a Jewish neighborhood this past week, leaving behind a swastika and “KKK” scrawled on the city’s oldest conservative synagogue.

Two men were caught on surveillance video carrying a backpack and leaving the area of Temple Emanu-el, which was desecrated with the swastika and KKK [Ku Klux Klan], and one of them was arrested, according to the Miami Herald.

It was the firth attack by vandals in the neighborhood this summer, despite increased police patrols.

“The message is clear. It’s a message of hate and intolerance, and whenever you have intolerance, you have problems,” Temple Emanu-el Rabbi Marc Philippe told the newspaper.

He also said that a letter was left in the men’s bathroom two weeks ago with a message of condemnation of Israel’s treatment of Arabs.

A surveillance tape showed two men walking in the area of the temple in the middle of the night this past week at around the same time police received an anonymous call that the place of worship has been vandalized.

Police arrested one of the men, identified as 43-year-old Maximo De La Cruz-De Jesus.

Last Saturday, a swastika and the letters KKK also were scrawled on a supermarket, and “Iraq” and “Hamas” were written on the wall of a synagogue.

Netanyahu Thanks Florida for Support

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week a thank you letter for the government’s resolution last month supporting Israel.

“I received the state of Florida’s recent resolution reaffirming your unrequited support for Israel’s right of self-defense,” Netanyahu wrote Scott. “My government has been acting to protect our citizens against the scourge of Islamist terrorism, and we are strengthened by the steadfast support of our many friends in Florida.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sponsored the resolution last month, which states Israel “remains a force of freedom and democracy in the Middle East” and a “steadfast ally of the United States.

“Be it resolved that the governor and Cabinet of the state of Florida do hereby declare that the state of Florida stands with Israel and supports Israel’s right to defend and protect its citizens from the forces of tyranny and oppression to ensure the survival of the state of Israel.

“Be it further resolved that the governor and Cabinet of the state of Florida vehemently condemn the unprovoked rocket attacks aimed at Israel and call on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel….

“Florida continues to foster a strong relationship with Israel and is home to one of the largest Jewish populations outside of Israel.

The resolution also referred to anti-Semitism in Florida, noting. “The killing of Rabbi Joseph Raksin in North-East Miami-Dade has put Floridians on high alert that there is a potential for violence against the Jewish people in Florida.”

NYC Lawmaker Laurie Cumbo Presses Miami to Find Rabbi Raksin’s Murderer

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

On the 23rd anniversary of a race riot that saw mobs calling for ‘Death to the Jews!’ a gentile Crown Heights NYC Council Member stepped up pressuring Florida authorities to hunt down the murderer of a Chassidic Jewish resident attacked Aug. 9 while visiting the state.

City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo sent a letter to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on Aug. 19, urging him step up his efforts to find the murderer of Rabbi Joseph Raksin.

“This tragedy has left New Yorkers devastated and in disbelief that such a senseless crime could be committed on the Sabbath,” Cumbo wrote.

“While the circumstances surrounding his final hours remain unclear, elected officials and interfaith leaders throughout New York City have joined together to send a message that we will not stand nor tolerate the targeting of individuals because of their religious beliefs or faith. Individuals who engage in such acts must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law…

“On behalf of the Crown Heights community, the Jewish Caucus, and the Raksin family, we urge you and the Miami-Dade Police Department to continue to prioritize this investigation and to utilize all available resources to resolve this case. We hope that you will look upon our offices and New York City as a partner in this effort.”

The rabbi was a well-known member of the Crown Heights Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish community, was murdered while walking to synagogue in North Miami Beach.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police have yet to label the determine the murder a ‘hate crime,’ though the area is heavily Jewish and locals know that Jews carry no money or valuables during the Sabbath.

Local members of the American Jewish Committee told the Miami Herald that just two weeks before the murder, on July 28, a swastika and ‘Hamas’ were scrawled on the synagogue towards which Raksin was walking.

A member of the North Miami Beach ‘Shmira Patrol’ – a local neighborhood watch group – said a woman returned home after Raksin’s funeral in Miami to find a swastika scratched into her car. Miami-Dade police confirmed the report.

Miami Police Spot Clue to Rabbi’s Killer on Video

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Police in Miami Dade and North Miami Beach are looking for the driver of a silver or light Toyota Tundra that was driving in the Jewish neighborhood at around 9 am Saturday morning when Rabbi Joseph Raksin was shot to death 10 days ago.

Area residents are also passing out flyers as a way of joining the search for the killer or killers.

A source close to the investigation told CBS4 that detectives reviewing security videos from the area have seen at least one of the men described by a witness has being one of those who attacked the rabbi.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

North Miami Beach Rabbi Shot and Killed on Shabbat

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

A rabbi, identified as Rabbi Joseph Raskin by NBC news, was shot and killed on his way to synagogue Saturday morning, in North Miami Beach.

He was shot by 2 youths at 9am, and airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

The two fled, one on foot, and one on a bike.

A reader updated us that today’s murder took place two blocks away from a Miami synagogue, which was vandalized with swastikas and the word “Hamas” last week.

The area has a large Orthodox-Jewish community, and a number of synagogues.

Raksin was from Brooklyn, NY and was in Florida visiting relatives.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/miami-rabbi-shot-and-killed-on-shabbat/2014/08/09/

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