MoCo Synagogue Vandalized On Eve Of Passover | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

MoCo Synagogue Vandalized On Eve Of Passover

Play associated audio

Police say someone shot and damaged six windows with a BB or pellet rifle at Beth Sholom Congregation sometime early Monday morning.

Plywood still covers the cracked windows, and for many here, there's a sense of uncertainty about why this happened. Bob Gross says he's not sure, but he can't deny the timing of the incident.

"It's really a terrible thing that somebody would desecrate a holy place particularly a synagogue on the eve of Passover," he says.

Two other similar events happened nearby. Six windows were damaged at the Julius West Middle School, and two businesses' windows were shattered at the Fortune Terrace Shopping Center down the street.

Montgomery County police are investigating the events as possible hate crimes, but George Kauffman, a jeweler and co-owner of one of the stores damaged, doesn't buy it.

"I think it's random, honestly. I got here [Monday] morning, it was just a tiny little BB hole and the first thing I said was kids are off school today, they were out last night. Just kids with a BB gun, that's my feeling," he says.

Investigators urge anyone with information on the crimes to call Montgomery County Police at (240)773-TIPS.

NPR

The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We've rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.
NPR

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
NPR

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.
NPR

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.