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Statement from Kehilat "Natan-Ya" Regarding the Recent Vandalism of Their Synagogue

‏יום רביעי ‏30 ‏ינואר ‏2019

On the morning January 27th, 2019, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we discovered that our synagogue, Kehilat "Natan-Ya", was broken into. The garden was destroyed, a window was broken into and the water hose from the garden was put into the synagogue. The water reached heights of 15 cm, ankle-deep. This disgraceful operation caused significant damage to the structure of the synagogue, as well and its contents, including the destruction of books of the Talmud, siddurim, and my beautiful, dear guitar. There is no reason for this act, this hate crime that took place in downtown Netanya. The incident has been reported to the local police and municipal authorities. Nothing was stolen – just destruction. In the city of Netanya, in Israel, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This year, Kehilat "Natan-Ya" celebrates its 50th anniversary. Anyone who thinks that it is possible to extinguish the tune of this special and dedicated community that I am proud to be among its members is wrong. Under the leadership of the community Rabbi, Rabbi Dr. Edgar Nof, we will continue and grow and add to the landscape of Netanya. Hate and contempt are not our ways. They have never been and nor will they ever be. We will continue to accept anyone who wants to be part of a Jewish society that embraces and embraces, egalitarian and multifaceted, with shades and witnesses, from all our hearts and with all of our heart.