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Panorama Killer of Jewish Worshipers Gets Life in Prison

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The 37-year-old terrorist who murdered two Jewish men as they prayed the afternoon service a year ago last November was sentenced to life in prison on Monday in the Tel Aviv District Court.

Raed Khalil, also known as Raed Masalmeh, was convicted this past July for the murders of 32-year-old Aharon Yesiav and 51-year-old Reuven Aviram. The two men were praying the afternoon service at a synagogue in the Panorama building in Tel Aviv when they were stabbed to death by Khalil, who confessed to the killing.

Khalil, the father of recently-born twins and three other children, said he took a nine-inch knife from the Tel Aviv restaurant where he worked under a legal permit that allowed him to enter Israel from the Palestinian Authority. He went upstairs to the second-floor synagogue to hunt for victims at the synagogue.

He stabbed Aviram a number of times, but the dying man managed to stagger away and yell a warning, “Terrorist!” before he collapsed. Khalil found Yesiav next, and stabbed him nine times in the torso, before moving on to find another victim.

Worshipers slammed the door to the synagogue, blocking the killer from entering as he fought to get in before finally giving up and running out of the building with the knife still in his hand. Khalil attacked three others as he attempted to make his escape, until he was caught and held by passersby, who handed him over to police.

It’s important to reiterate that the Palestine Liberation Organization, on behalf of the Palestinian Authority government, generously rewards terrorists such as Khalil and their families with high monthly salaries to compensate for their incarceration in Israel. The more Israelis they wound and kill and the longer the jail sentence, the higher the salary and the more vocal the praise by government officials for their “heroism.”

Before he was sentenced, Khalil spoke of the Dawabshe family, attacked and murdered through arson in July 2015 by Jewish extremists in one of the handful of Jewish terror attacks ever carried out against Palestinian Authority Arabs. The Dawabshe family was officially declared to be victims of terror under the protocols of the Israeli government and are receiving the same consideration that Jewish terror victims do.

Hana Levi Julian

Historic Upper West Side Conservative Synagogue Going Condo

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Congregation Shaare Zedek, an egalitarian Conservative congregation at 212 West 93rd Street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is planning to tear down their 93-year-old building, in order to keep the congregation alive. Back in October, Shaare Zedek President Michael Firestone told a community board 7 meeting that the congregation had already signed a contract with a developer, who will build a condo building in which Shaare Zedek will own three floors.

Apparently, Congregation Shaare Zedek just can’t keep up with mounting costs. Firestone says the building is too big and expensive — with a capacity for 1,000 worshipers, the congregation only has about 80 families. In addition, they own and maintain the Shaare Zedek cemetery in Queens, to the tune of $80,000 a year. Firestone told News1 NY the sale would allow the congregation to fund its operations, including the cemetery, indefinitely.

“The synagogue will own the first three stories of the condominium, which will be a modern social hall, a modern sanctuary,” Firestone said.

The move does not sit well with the old synagogue’s neighbors, who hate losing this neighborhood fixture that’s been there since 1923, and are worried about the environmental effect of the new condo building. Some of them have filed a Request for Evaluation (RFE) with the Landmark Preservation Commission, as an emergency measure to prevent the sale. But, so far, the city has no plans to landmark the building.

Former Shaare Zedek president Roz Paaswell told DNAinfo the building is not as important as the congregation. “In Judaism buildings aren’t so important, they are places that we use… but we move, we move a lot,” she said.

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‘Holy Trash’ Exhibition Turns Lost Synagogue Books into Stone [video]

Friday, October 28th, 2016

“Holy Trash: My Genizah” is a new project by fine arts and performance artist Rachel Libeskind created especially for the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) exhibition space in the great hall of the Center for Jewish History.

According to Solomon Schechter, Genizah is “the storeroom or depository in a synagogue a cemetery in which worn-out and heretical or disgraced Hebrew books or papers are placed. In medieval times…their sanctity and consequent claim to preservation were held to depend on their containing the “names” of God.” What’s between the Genizah and today’s Jewish archive?

My Genizah presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Genizah. Crafted with texts and objects formerly belonging to the AJHS collections, My Genizah is a hard-edge, personal commentary on the making of the Jewish archive from the documents of the Genizah, and on today’s archival procedures of sorting, cataloguing, and organizing history.

“I think it’s interesting to look at the inventory of things that make up our lives,” Libeskind News1 NY. “Some of them are holy, and some of them are definitely not holy, and we just think of them as trash, and some we’re just not comfortable throwing away. It’s kind of an endless idea.” said.

On view through December 1, 2016.

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011, Tel: 212-294-6160

Visitor information.

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Interfaith Encounters at Ben-Gurion Airport [video]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Some Muslims from Turkey traveling through Ben-Gurion airport in Israel decided to use some of their free time while waiting for their flight to pray.

The Ben-Gurion synagogue was empty at the time, so the group decided to go there, but the tourists mistook the Jewish prayer shawls (Talit, Talitot, Taleisim) in the shul for Islamic prayer rugs.

They put them on the floor and began to kneel and bow on them.

A Jewish man entered the synagogue and saw them there. He explained to the confused tourists they were kneeling on Jewish prayer shawls and they were in a Jewish synagogue.

The Muslim tourists apologized and neatly folded up the Jewish prayer shawls and put them back where they found them.

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Jewish Suspect Arrested for Hate Crime Against Jerusalem Synagogue in Katamon

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of spray-painting crosses on a synagogue wall in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem during the night of Yom Kippur, a few hours after evening prayers.

A spokesperson for Jerusalem District Police said in a statement that an investigation has revealed the suspect is the same person who committed similar acts at the same synagogue several weeks ago.

The suspect is a 40-year-old Jewish resident of Jerusalem, police said, who is accused of spray-painting crosses in black paint on the walls of the synagogue on Rehov Yossi Ben Yo’ezar during Yom Kippur.

He was arrested Thursday and was brought to the Moriah police station for questioning.

A month ago nearly to the day, black crosses were spray-painted in a row across the front of the same Jerusalem synagogue on Rehov Yossi Ben Yo’ezer. Jerusalem District detectives and other forensic officers arrived on the scene, and at that time launched an investigation with Israel Police.

The suspect is to be arraigned in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court after questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Colorado Springs Synagogue to Relocate for Yom Kippur After Rosh Hashanah Fire

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Chabad of Southern Colorado will hold its Yom Kippur services at the local Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, and are looking for alternative locations for their Sukkot and Simchat Torah, due to extensive fire damage to their synagogue.

Rabbi Moshe Liberow told KKTV that last Monday, just minutes before the congregation was to begin Rosh Hashanah services, they heard a loud bang and smelled smoke. While the congregation hastily made its way out of the building, Rabbi Liberow and a few of the congregants were able to get the Torah scrolls and prayer books out and took them to the rabbi’s home a few blocks away.

According to the KKTV report, the congregation may not be able to return to its building, as parts of the roof fell in and there’s extensive damage inside as well.

“Of course there’s been sadness, but sadness doesn’t bring growth, sadness doesn’t change things,” said Rabbi Liberow, stating: “We have to be optimistic, positive and, as our sages teach us, think good, be good, do good, increasing the goodness more and more.”

The Rabbi thanked the synagogue’s gentile neighbors for lending a hand in carrying damaged furniture and other articles out of the synagogue.

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Security Guard Shot, Critically Wounded in Attack on Moscow Choral Synagogue

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A security guard was shot by an assailant during an attack over the Sabbath at Moscow’s largest synagogue, the Moscow Choral Synagogue.

This is the same synagogue which then-Israeli Ambassador Golda Meir and the first official Israeli delegation to Russia visited and attended services during their posting to Moscow.

Interior of Moscow Choral Synagogue, Russia's largest and most prominent Jewish house of worship.

Interior of Moscow Choral Synagogue.

Svan Ivan Borisovich, age 40, arrived at the scene with a gun and a canister of flammable liquid during later afternoon prayers, according to Interfax, and attempted to enter the building with 150 worshipers inside, saying he was going to burn down the building.

The house of worship, located on Bolshoy Spasogolinschevsky Lane in central Moscow, is the largest and most prominent Jewish house of worship in Russia.

Security guards at the site blocked him from entering and attempted to take the man across the street, at which point he withdrew the gun and shot one of them. The guard sustained gunshot wounds in the head and chest.

The other guards overpowered the attacker and held him until police arrived and arrested him. The wounded guard was rushed to a hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, according to Mediazone.

The suspect told reporters as he was taken away by police that he had opened fire and carried out the attack “for Russia.”

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/security-guard-shot-critically-wounded-in-attack-on-moscow-choral-synagogue/2016/10/01/

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