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Synagogue vandalism not a hate crime

By Frank Flegel

05/10/2017

REGINA — A 13-year-old boy was arrested May 2 and charged with break and enter and mischief over $5,000 following the discovery on April 30 of a break-in at Beth Jacob Synagogue.

“Neither we nor the police believe the break-in had anything to do with anti-Semitism or discrimination,” said Rabbi Jeremy Parnes. Most of the damage was suffered by the Montessori School that is housed in the building.

“No damage was done to any religious articles and there is no graffiti, racist or otherwise,” said Parnes.

Paint was spattered on the floors and inside the Montessori School. The school suffered some broken materials, but there was no damage in the gathering area or the sanctuary of the synagogue.

Parnes said, “There is a lot of damage and it’s going to take a while to clean up and it will be costly.”

It was apparent that a fire extinguisher was also discharged inside the school and gathering area. The rabbi said they are not allowing photographs to be taken inside the building.

The Montessori School is closed until further notice and school officials are making arrangements to continue classes in a temporary location. It is believed that the boy may have been a student at the school.

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