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November 18, 2003
Having lived in Turkey for a few years, and knowing the secular nature of the country, it is nothing short of tragic to me that mad extremists chose to bomb Jewish synagogues in Turkey this weekend (Nov. 16-17). What the extremists don't realize is that they killed fellow Turks. Just one look at the photo in The Times reveals that the women are in the cultural hijab attire. Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, was vehemently secular and disdained the narrow interpretations of Islam by some of the religious clergy of his time.
April 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The former executive director of Congregation Beth El synagogue in La Jolla has pleaded guilty to embezzling $394,872 from the synagogue over five years, federal prosecutors said Monday. Eric Levine, 36, had control of the synagogue's bank account and credit card from 2008 to 2013, overseeing the synagogue's annual budget of nearly $2 million. Levine recorded the expenses as Ritual Fund, Rabbi Emeritus, High Holidays, Purim Baskets, landscaping and other things, according to documents filed in federal court in San Diego.
February 2, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you'd like to view a familiar destination from a new perspective, turn to the FranceGuide for the Jewish Traveler for an unexpected window on centuries of culture and history in the country with the world's third largest Jewish population. The guide, long available as a printed book, is now online at the website of the French Government Tourist Office . For each of France ’s regions, the guide provides an account of museums, monuments, synagogues, neighborhoods and other notable sites, with tips on visiting them.
February 11, 2013 | Martha Groves
Erika Glazer came of age at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, listening to the preachings of the late Edgar Magnin -- the "rabbi to the stars" who envisioned a grand sanctuary west of downtown Los Angeles and persuaded Hollywood notables to help fund it. "He was always speeding things up," said Glazer, the daughter of shopping mall developer Guilford Glazer. "I remember as a kid he would skip [Torah] pages. " Now it's Glazer's turn to move things along. The philanthropist has pledged $30 million over the next 15 years toward the synagogue's ongoing restoration and redevelopment.
December 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
One of two synagogues bombed in Istanbul last month reopened for Sabbath prayers, a service that Turkish Jews said showed their resolve to overcome the devastating attacks. Isak Haleva, the chief rabbi at the Beth Israel Synagogue, delivered a sermon that stressed the importance of dialogue in this predominantly Muslim but secular country. Haleva was injured in the suicide bombings at the Beth Israel and the Neve Shalom synagogues Nov. 15.
April 9, 2002
I was shocked to read in your April 4 article, "Europe Sees a Tinderbox on Its Streets," that you characterized unprovoked assaults against Jews and their places of worship as proxy fighting. Your Orwellian use of language implies that somehow the Jews are to blame for these racist assaults. However, there are no European Jews fighting, no Jews burning mosques, only Muslims attacking and burning synagogues to demonstrate their true intentions and beliefs. David Victor Los Angeles
July 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
An attempt to bomb a Moscow synagogue over the weekend has been officially classified as terrorism and will be investigated by Russia's main security agency, a news report said. A rabbi's child found a bomb in a Lubavitch synagogue near Moscow's central Pushkin Square, Russian news agencies reported. The bomb was brought outside and detonated by a robot. No one was injured, but several windows in a neighboring building were shattered, the Interfax news agency said.
January 25, 2000
An Antelope Valley synagogue was found vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic rhetoric Monday, but authorities said they did not know who was responsible for the attack. The incident took place at Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar, 1611 E. Ave. J, either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Belland of the Lancaster substation. "They didn't burglarize it," Belland said.
May 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a Torah from a synagogue and setting fires in the building, causing about $200,000 in damage, police said Thursday. Avi Langer, 33, was arrested in Santa Clara on Wednesday. Police said they found a Torah in his possession that had been taken from the Chabad House of San Francisco. The synagogue is on the first floor of a four-story house in the Richmond district.
November 14, 1988
Vandals spray-painted swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the walls and windows of a San Carlos synagogue over the weekend, police said. Members of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue condemned the act and were joined at a news conference by several Protestant ministers, who expressed concern about an apparent upsurge in such vandalism. "The people who did this are just absolutely sick," said Ralph Barnes, president of the 750-member synagogue in the San Diego County community.
January 30, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Rick Rojas,
Los Angeles Times
He was remembered by patients and colleagues as a caring and talented physician, one who followed his father's footsteps into medicine. And his friends spoke of how devout he was in his Jewish faith as well as of his kindness and his zest for life. "He was just a good soul," one colleague and friend said. Now police are trying to determine why someone would walk into the urologist's Newport Beach offices and shoot him to death. Dr. Ronald Gilbert was killed Monday in an exam room of his practice in the heart of a bustling medical community, allegedly gunned down by a 75-year-old retired barber who recently told a neighbor that he had cancer and didn't expect to live much longer.
June 22, 2012
Re "Community at odds over synagogue," June 18 Given that we have caring and religious people on one side (Chabad), and caring and religious people on the other side (the residents), isn't there room for common ground regarding the fight over the expansion of a Sherman Oaks synagogue? Some understanding of one another's needs? Chabad does great work in our communities. And the nearby Chandler Estates residents are entitled to some peace and quiet in their neighborhood.
June 18, 2012 | Catherine Saillant
For two decades, Dee Tuntkavep has enjoyed a view of pine-shrouded Chandler Boulevard from the upstairs reading room of her Sherman Oaks home. Now all she sees are concrete walls two stories high -- the still-in-progress expansion of an Orthodox Jewish house of worship. In fact, plans for the upgraded Chabad of North Hollywood are for a structure nearly nine times the size of the prayer house it replaces. On its website, the Chabad gives thanks: "Divine Providence has finally shined down on this long-awaited project.
January 24, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Facing the same dire fate as thousands of homeowners in the recession-flattened Inland Empire, a synagogue in Corona is battling a local bank to stave off foreclosure. Congregation Beth Shalom built a $1.4-million house of worship at the top of the real estate market in 2008, only to see income from donations plummet as regional unemployment soared. "No question, we took a hit on the amount of money coming in. We built at the worst possible time, like a lot of people around here," said congregation President Bruce Williams.
May 24, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A transient suspected of setting off a large explosive device outside a Santa Monica synagogue pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court to multiple felony charges in connection with the incident. A grand jury indictment accuses Ron Hirsch, 60, of four federal felony counts: use of an explosive to damage property, use of an explosive to commit a federal felony, use of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of an unregistered destructive device.
May 12, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum and Michael Muskal
Two men who officials said complained that Muslims "were being treated like dogs" were accused Thursday of conspiring to blow up a synagogue and were being held on terrorism and hate-crime charges in New York. The men were arrested Wednesday night while they buying guns and an inert hand grenade from undercover officers, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at an afternoon news conference attended by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The case began before the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 during a U.S. raid in Pakistan.
January 17, 1991
The Los Angeles City Council and County Board of Supervisors has voted to offer rewards totaling $35,000 for the arrest of those responsible for the firebombing of a North Hollywood synagogue. City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky proposed a $25,000 reward that was approved 12 to 0. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $10,000 reward. The rewards were offered for information leading to the arrest of whomever threw a firebomb at a synagogue at Yeshiva Aish Hatorah Institute last Thursday.
July 14, 1993 | Times Staff Writer
Rock-throwing vandals smashed all the front windows in Moscow's main synagogue in what Russia's leading rabbi called yet another incident of organized anti-Semitism. "I don't think it was petty hooliganism," Russian Chief Rabbi Adolf S. Shayevich said Tuesday. He said the synagogue, surrounded by offices that were untouched, was specifically targeted in Monday's pre-dawn attack. It was the second time in a month that the Moscow Choral Synagogue had fallen victim to unidentified assailants.
May 12, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
The New York Police Department arrested two men Wednesday night in Midtown Manhattan on terrorism-related charges, according to a law-enforcement official who declined to provide further details Thursday morning. ABC News reported that the men allegedly were trying to buy weapons, including a grenade, as part of a plot to attack Manhattan synagogues. No specific synagogue was cited, but one of the men, who was described as in his 20s and living in Queens, allegedly was going to sell drugs to get money for the weapons, ABC reported, quoting police sources.
April 12, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A man suspected in the explosion last week at a Santa Monica synagogue has been arrested in Ohio, police said Monday night.? Ron Hirsch, 60, who was wanted in connection with Thursday's explosion at Chabad House, was apprehended in Cleveland Heights, the Santa Monica Police Department said. He was taken into custody by local law enforcement officers who had received a tip from someone who had come into contact with Hirsch, according to authorities. The FBI said Hirsch fled Los Angeles on Thursday on a Greyhound bus after the explosion at Chabad House.
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