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October 7, 2015 / 24 Tishri, 5776
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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Strikes Second San Antonio Congregation

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Anti-Semitic graffiti has been found on the property of a second Jewish congregation in San Antonio.

Around 10 am Monday morning, a maintenance worker found two grills missing and the words “Jew Jew” spray-painted on to a tool shed around the back of the property of Congregation Agudas Achim.

The synagogue is located less than three miles away from Congregation Rodfei Sholom, located near Northwest Military Drive and Huebner Road. A driver’s side window was smashed on the car of a worshiper at the synagogue, and swastikas, “KKK” and vicious racial slurs were spray-painted on dozens of homes, cars, walls and other surfaces in the area around the synagogue.

Rabbi Arye Scheinberg told reporters, “Our citizens feel alert, but safe. They feel they are surrounded by love of this community.” Security in the area has been beefed up, he added, but did not go into details. Last week the FBI said they had identified “a person of interest” in connection with the attacks but no arrests have been made. On Monday, police said they are pursuing multiple suspects.

“I was already disgusted by what happened at Rodfei Sholom last week,” Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham told MySanAntonio.com . “This hits a little closer to home because it’s at my synagogue. I am just saddened that people would stoop to this level to try to break our community.”

Congregation Agudas Achim was founded in 1889 and serves some 550 families on the north side of San Antonio. It is the second-largest synagogue in the city, after Temple Beth El.

In a statement issued Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the vandalism an “offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths. Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that law enforcement spearheading this investigation will redouble their efforts to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”

Suspect Identified in San Antonio Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

At least one suspect has been identified as a  “person of interest” in the anti-Semitic crime spree that terrorized a Texas Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio last week, but authorities have declined to release a name.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the attacks have been classified as a series of hate crimes but thus far no formal charges have been filed.

The FBI will pay $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for the vandalism, Special Agent Michelle Lee announced late Thursday.

Dozens of homes and cars were vandalized on August 12 in the neighborhood surrounding the Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Rodfei Sholom, which serves some 300 families. Most live nearby so they can walk to synagogue on the Sabbath and holidays.

Rabbi Arye Scheinberg expressed shock over the attacks. “We’ve never had any problems in the past,” he said.

The word “Jew” was spray-painted on an SUV, swastikas were spray-painted on Jewish memorials, the letters “KKK” and other slogans were scrawled on 30 targets – across cars, walls, fences and memorials on Sholom Drive and Sholom Place near the synagogue. Other graffiti was found in the Oak Meadow subdivision across Northwest Military.

“This is not just graffiti, this is an orchestrated effort to try to intimidate an entire community of people based on their religious beliefs and we cannot stand for it,” State Sen. Jose Menedez said in a prepared statement to MySanAntonio.com.

Pastor John Hagee, whose world-renowned ministry is based in San Antonio, told media he met with Scheinberg at the synagogue.

“I came over immediately because in this city Christians and Jews are united like no other city in the United States of America,” Hagee told the San Antonio Express. “An attack on the synagogue is an attack on every Christian church in this city.”

Rabbi Scheinberg said he was grateful for Pastor Hagee’s friendship and the support of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), which the pastor heads.

“They have been a global source of inspiration and encouragement to the Jewish people,” the rabbi said. “To imagine that a world leader like John Hagee would stop his busy schedule to be with us and to give support…”

Scheinberg said members of the congregation first noticed a car appeared to have been broken into after morning prayers. Then they noticed the swastikas. At least one vehicle had a large rock hurled through the driver’s side window.

Congressman Joaquin Castro, (D-San Antonio), also promptly responded to support the congregation.

“The ugly vandalism targeting San Antonio’s Jewish community is saddening and disgraceful,” Castro said. “This intolerance has no place in our city. San Antonio’s diversity is what makes our community so vibrant and special. Our differences should be celebrated, not attacked.”

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also echoed Castro’s comments. “This criminal and cowardice act has no place in any Texas community,” Patrick said.

“I denounce the religious persecution that has taken place and I am confident the San Antonio Police Department will find those responsible for the delinquency and hold them accountable.


Tour de Tolerance Breaks Cycles of Hate

Friday, August 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) It is said that history happens in cycles. To help ensure that one of the darkest period in history, the Nazi Holocaust, never happens again, hundreds of cyclists are expected to participate in the tenth annual Tour de Tolerance, to raise money for the El Paso Holocaust Museum in Texas.

Walter Chayes, 66, founded the Tour de Tolerance to generate funds for the museum and also “to bring the message of the museum to those who might not know there is such a museum in El Paso,” he told the El Paso Times.

Chayes, whose four grandparents perished in the Holocaust, said, “The one thing I’m almost as passionate about as Holocaust studies is cycling.”

Devoted to his sport for fifty years, Chayes started the event “not as a competition, but as a ride.”

The Tour de Tolerance features rides of 100 kilometers, 50 kilometers and a 5 kilometer walk. The event will be held at the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The event has grown in its ten years from around 200 riders the first year to more than double that number expected to participate in late August.

Chayes, who rides 80 miles a week, said that professionals and those riding their first 50K participate.

Jewish Organizations Raise Relief Funds after Houston Flood

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Jewish organizations are raising disaster-relief funds following the devastating flooding in Texas earlier this week, during which Houston’s Jewish community sat at the center of the damage experienced by that city.

Countless Jewish homes and multiple synagogues were among the structures damaged following rain that exceeded 11 inches in some areas on Monday and Tuesday.

The Orthodox Union, which is raising flood-relief funds, sent its senior managing director, Rabbi Steven Weil, to help assess the damage on site in Houston.

B’nai B’rith International opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund in the city following the Houston flood.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is raising flood-relief funds in Houston, noting that “many in our community have lost everything” in the hardest-hit neighborhood. Other Jewish Federations around the country are raising relief funds for Houston.

At the same time, local Jewish community is trying to focus on the positive, and Rabbi Barry Gelman, the leader of a heavily flood-damaged Orthodox synagogue, wrote to his congregants:

Let us focus on repairing what was ruined and rededicating ourselves to what makes UOS (United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston) so special, the community. After all, what is really special about us are the people that make up our community. That is what is indispensable—the building can always be fixed.

18 Dead, 13 Missing in Texas Flash Floods

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Flash floods ripped apart the roads and highways in Houston, Texas, washing away homes and bridges.

At least 18 people have died so far, 13 more are missing and countless others are still navigating the waters in kayaks looking for their loved ones.

Four states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas – have been hit by tornadoes, rainstorms and flash floods; basically, one storm after another since the past weekend. And the bad weather is expected to continue.

The death toll in Texas and Oklahoma is also continuing to rise. A flash flood warning was broadcast across the region again on Wednesday morning. Rain was already lashing the area by 8 am local time, with some three more inches of rain expected, if not more.

Israeli Companies Exhibit at Oil and Gas Conference in Texas

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The largest oil and gas conference in the world, known as the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) was held this week and 14 Israeli companies were present during the three-day event (May 4-7) in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1969, OTC serves as a major platform for the development of hydrocarbon resources in the area of drilling, environmental protection, exploration, production development, technology and innovation.

Israel’s Economic Mission to the Southern United States brought 14 Israeli companies to exhibit innovative technologies at the conference, including Amiad Water Systems Ltd., BERMAD, HARBO Technologies, Strauss & Co., PCT- Protective Cooling Technology, among others.

In addition to the Israeli companies, this year’s conference featured 2,682 companies from 37 countries. Over 90,000 visitors attended the U.S. oil and gas industry conference from across the world.

Texan Congressman Randy Weber (R) visited the Israeli Pavilion and met with the 14 Israelis companies as well as representatives of the Israeli Government and Economic Consul, Michal Niddam-Wachsman to discuss the strong alliance between Israel, the U.S. and Texas. According to Israel’s Economic Mission to the Southern U.S. Facebook page, Israeli government representatives also discussed new ways to expand the relationship as well as collaboration and mutual benefit across all business sectors.

The Government of Israel Economic Mission to the U.S. Southern Region is part of the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration at Israel’s Ministry Economy. It is responsible for managing and directing the international trade policy of the State of Israel with ten southern states in the U.S. including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

In related news, nine Israeli homeland security companies visited Indiana in late April and met with 24 of Indiana’s leading companies along with homeland security and state law enforcement agencies. Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence joined the meeting as well to discuss economic collaboration opportunities between his state and Israel.

ISIS Claims ‘Credit’ for Attack at Mohammed Cartoon Contest

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack Sunday night in Garland Texas, where a contest was being held for drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The radio channel run by ISIS announced the claim Tuesday, and tweets by the two terrorists killed in the attack have been linked with ISIS.

It added:

We tell America that what is coming is more bitter and harder and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what harms you.

One of the gunmen, Elton Simpson, posted a tweet shortly before the attack that wounded a security guard, “#texasattack:May Allah accept us as mujahideen.” He also encouraged his followers to read tweets by an ISIS propagandist, who tweeted after the attack, “Allah Akbar!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire.”

The same tweet stated that he and the second terrorist, Nadir Sofa, pledged allegiance to “Amoral Mu’mineen,” which means “the leader of the faithful,” a likely reference to the recently wounded ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

The apparent success of the ISIS to infiltrate into the United States coincides with polls showing that terror, especially the Islamic State, is the biggest worry of Americans.

As the campaigns rev up for the Republic and Democratic presidential nominations, the Democrats will be on the defensive to show their party is best equipped to win the war against terror.



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