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Vandalism Reported at Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills

Posted – Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.

The Beverly Hills Police Department is currently investigating a reported vandalism at Nessah Synagogue on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. The Department is expected to hold a press conference shortly and the story is developing.

Sources with first-hand knowledge tell the Courier that books, frames and pictures were thrown all over the floor of the Synagogue. One scroll of The Torah was on the floor. There was no damage to furniture. And the cabinet Hekhal was locked and wasn’t opened.

More details will be provided as they become available.

The American-Israeli Civic Action Network issued the following statement: 

In response to Nessah synagogue in Beverly Hills being vandalized the Israeli-American Civic Action Network (“ICAN”) is calling on local leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, and members of the Persian Jewish, Israeli-American, Russian Jewish and American Jewish communities to stand together to confront this hate and to work together to fight the rising tide of anti-Semitism.

“Enough is enough, from the East Coast to the West Coast, Jewish communities are under attack,” said Vered Nisim, ICAN California Chairwoman. “Just a few days ago Jews were killed in Jersey City, and now today this vandalism, how many Jews have to die and how many synagogues have to be destroyed before serious action is taken?”

“California community and elected leaders need to take a closer look at what is driving this recent rise in anti-Semitism. Teachers need to engage their students. And all of us need to work together to improve anti-Semitism awareness, increase security, and promote cross-community engagement to foster mutual respect and tolerance,” added Nisim.

ICAN will be calling for a town hall meeting to address the rise in anti-Semitism before the end of 2019.

-Dillon L. Hosier, Chief Advocacy Officer, Israeli-American Civic Action Network | Israeli-American Civic Education Institute

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