Reform Shul in Ra’anana vandalized... again!

Reform Shul in Ra’anana vandalized for 5th time in 4 years as a target of religious extremists according to Rabbi Gilad Kariv, head of the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC).
by ANT KATZ | Feb 04, 2014

A Shul in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana was vandalized with graffiti last week. This is the fifth time in four years that the Reform Shul has been the target of religious extremists according to Rabbi Gilad Kariv, head of the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC).

The graffiti on the outside of the Kehilat Ra’anan Shul building included quotes on non-believers from Moses Maimonides, the 12th-century Jewish scholar and philosopher known as the Rambam, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“Kehilat Ra'anan has contributed significantly to Israeli society,” an angry Anat Hoffman, chair of IRAC told Jewish Report this week. “Their Bar and Bat Mitzvah programme engages both religious and secular Israelis and three schools have recently requested to be part of this program,” said Anat.

US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro called the congregation to voice his concern upon hearing about the attack, and Habayit Hayehudi deputy mayor and Meretz deputy mayor both visited the site and expressed their horror. The police have opened an investigation of Thursday's vandalism. However, like the other attacks on this synagogue, a suspect has yet to be identified.

Shul defaced 1An Israeli police picture of the
vandalised Shul

Rabbi Kariv told JTA this was what he referred to as a “price tag” vandalism incident, referring to the strategy adopted by extremist settlers and their supporters generally to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.

IRAC condemns hate crimes of any nature, said Hoffman, whether it is a spray painting attack on an Arab car or against a Reform or Conservative Shul, “people who would use Jewish religious texts to justify hate should be challenged at every turn,” she said.

The graffiti, written in large blue and red spray paint on the outside wall of the Kehilat Ra’anan Shul reads: "Maimonides Laws of Repentance, Chapter 3, Law 14" and "Psalms 139, verse 21-22."  The first quote refers to the passage in which Maimonides declared that renegades, heretics, and deniers of Torah do not have a place in the world to come, even though they are Jews, if they do not repent before they die.  The passages from the Book of Psalms read: "Do I not hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee? And do not I strive with those that rise up against Thee? I hate them with utmost hatred; I count them as my enemies."


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