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Northeast Jewish Student Center defaced as mezuzah torn down

Northeastern University police are working to determine who was responsible for the vandalism of the Jewish student center over the weekend. entrance to the alley. A mezuzah is a piece of parchment inscribed with the Hebrew words of the Shema – the daily statement of faith – and affixed to the studs of Jewish homes and buildings to remind those who live or enter there of their connection to God and their heritage. . “The tradition is to kiss her or touch her as we walk through the doors,” said Gilad Skolnick, executive director of Northeastern Hillel. had disappeared. “I don’t know what the intention of the person was, but it’s clearly marked as a Jewish student center,” he said. About 1,500 Jewish students attend Northeastern University.” Whatever its origin, this despicable act has left members of our Jewish community rightly shocked, saddened and even frightened. They experience first-hand an example of senseless hatred, coming at a time when the ancient scourge of anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States and around the world,” read a statement from UN Chairman Joseph E. Aoun. “We must first respond with compassion and empathy. We must offer endless support, uniting with our Jewish classmates, colleagues and friends.” incident. Aoun said at the time that NU Police Department investigators do not believe the suspect who vandalized the mezuzah be affiliated with the university. More than a dozen Jewish students from the northeast attended a dedication ceremony for the new mezuzah at Hillel House Wednesday morning. “Many of them are supportive and eager, more than ever, to come back to Hillel to show how tough our community can be,” said Ariel Walovitch, Deputy Director of Northeastern Hillel. Northeastern Hillel has recently hosted large-scale events, including daily runs to mark this month’s anniversary of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and an upcoming campus speech by reform white supremacist TM Garret.” He was a former KKK member who is now a at ally of the Jewish people,” Walovitch said of Garret. “So I don’t know if this person who removed the mezuzah is on his side and what he stood for, unfortunately.” The targeting of mezuzahs has become a common anti-Semitic trend in the United States and around the world. Last month, a mezuzah was torn from the doorjamb of a dormitory for Jewish students at Tufts University, located on the border of Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts.

Northeastern University police are working to determine who was responsible for the vandalism of the Jewish student center over the weekend.

Students arriving for morning prayers at Hillel House in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood discovered on Monday that the mezuzah had been ripped from the building’s driveway entrance.

A mezuzah is a piece of parchment inscribed with the Hebrew words of the Shema – the daily statement of faith – and affixed to the studs of Jewish homes and buildings to remind those who live or enter there of their connection to God and their heritage. . .

“The tradition is to kiss him or touch him as we walk through the doors,” said Gilad Skolnick, executive director of Northeastern Hillel.

According to Skolnick, the students found the mezuzah case lying on the floor in pieces and discovered that the parchment inside was missing.

“I don’t know what the intention of the person was, but it’s clearly marked as a Jewish student center,” he said.

About 1,500 Jewish students attend Northeastern University.

“Regardless of its origin, this despicable act rightly shocked, saddened and even frightened members of our Jewish community. They experience first-hand an example of senseless hatred, coming at a time when the ancient scourge of anti-Semitism is on the rise. in the United States and around the world,” read a statement from UN President Joseph E. Aoun. “We must first respond with compassion and empathy. We must offer endless support, uniting with our Jewish classmates, colleagues and friends.”

Skolnick said the university’s police department has surveillance video from a security camera that likely shows the incident.

Aoun said at the time that NU Police Department investigators do not believe the suspect who vandalized the mezuzah is affiliated with the university.

More than a dozen Jewish students from the Northeast attended a dedication ceremony for the new mezuzah at Hillel House held Wednesday morning.

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Members of Northeastern University Hillel pose for a photo following a dedication ceremony for a new mezuzah at the Jewish Student Center on October 20, 2021.

“Many of them are supportive and eager, more than ever, to come back to Hillel to show how tough our community can be,” said Ariel Walovitch, deputy director of Northeastern Hillel.

Northeastern Hillel has recently held high-profile events including daily runs to mark this month’s anniversary of the 2018 Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre and an upcoming on-campus speech by reform white supremacist TM Garret.

“He was a former member of the KKK who is now an ally of the Jewish people,” Walovitch said of Garret. “So I don’t know if this person who removed the mezuzah is standing with him and what he stood for, unfortunately.”

The targeting of mezuzahs has become a common anti-Semitic trend in the United States and around the world.

Last month, a mezuzah was removed from the doorjamb of a dormitory for Jewish students at Tufts University, located on the border of Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts.