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Surveillance photos show suspect wanted for vandalism to Jewish community organization

Police responded to the center on Friday.

Posted: Apr 10, 2020 11:42 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2020 2:30 PM

UPDATE: Huntsville police released surveillance photos showing the suspect in question. If you have information, call the department at (256) 427-7009.

ORIGINAL STORY

Huntsville police are investigating vandalism to a Jewish community organization.

Officers responded Friday to Chabad of Huntsville on Parkhill Road SE. A rabbi at the center said surveillance video shows a suspect spray painting for about 20 minutes. Driveways, garage doors, a mailbox and a retaining wall were vandalized.

The rabbi said the FBI is also investigating.

A synagogue in south Huntsville was vandalized on Thursday. Read about that incident here.

Temple B'nai Sholom in Huntsville issued this statement about the incident:

As many of you already may know, there has been yet another incident of antisemitic vandalism in Huntsville: Chabad of Huntsville was vandalized late last night, on the second night of Passover. Several congregants, as well Shira and I, were there this morning to offer whatever support we could. Clean-up efforts are underway by our friends at The Rock and The Dwelling Place.

With regard to our Temple B'nai Sholom: myself, the Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Security Committee are remaining in regular contact with each other. I am personally in contact with Huntsville Police and with the FBI. We have been collaborating with local and Federal Law Enforcement and are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we do all we can to prevent an attack on our Temple.

It is reassuring to know that the HPD Chief of Police, the Mayor, and so many others are strongly supporting the effort to catch the perpetrator.

Having so very many of us come together last night for the TBS Second Night Virtual Community Seder was both deeply heartwarming as well as the perfect reminder to us all that we are stronger when we are united. Let us remain united in our efforts to persist through and overcome these reprehensible acts of antisemitic hatred.

As I’ve unfortunately had to say more than once: let us remember that an attack on any House of Worship is an attack on every House of Worship.

-- Rabbi Eric M. Berk

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