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Tue Nov 26, 2019, 03:31 AM

Vandalism at Jewish cemetery prompts $5,000 gift from Muslim charitable group

Temple Israel has raised about half the $40,000 it needs to repair 85 toppled or broken headstones at a Jewish cemetery in north Omaha.

And some of those funds have come from a Muslim charitable organization that raises money for causes throughout the U.S. and last year made headlines for donating to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after a mass shooting there.

Rabbi Brian Stoller said the congregation is trying to heal after the startling act of vandalism, which occurred some time during the first week of November at the Temple Israel property in northeast Omaha. The Temple cemetery is one of the oldest in the city and includes graves of people from three Jewish congregations, including two that no longer exist.

Temple Israel held a ceremony at the cemetery on Nov. 16 as a step toward healing. Participants then placed small stones atop the toppled graves as a sign of respect.

Read more: https://www.omaha.com/news/local/grace-vandalism-at-jewish-cemetery-prompts-gift-from-muslim-charitable/article_8b699fcc-6d75-5406-93c8-5dc318b48fd4.html

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