Synagogue smeared with feces and food during Hanukkah

  • It was an unsettling start to Hanukkah for a synagogue in Santa Monica, California.
  • Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz arrived at the Living Torah Center Chabad on Sunday to find the entrance of his synagogue had been smeared with feces and rice,
  • Synagogue officials believe the vandalism was a targeted act. 
  • Though it didn’t feature any explicitly anti-Semitic messages or symbols, it was reportedly found “in close proximity to a menorah display.”
  • “This seems kind of intentional,” assistant Rabbi Dovid Tenenbaum told the Los Angeles Times. “With a religious artifact in the window, we have to assume so.”
  • Describing the scene to the Los Angeles Daily News, Tenenbaum talked of feces spread over the doors, window and bricks in front of the window, as well as wedged into the window frame. Read more

Partly within the Los Angeles city limits, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California is home to a small population of mountain lions. National Park Service researchers have monitored more than 50 mountain lions in the park since 2002. Roaming freely, these big cats face unique challenges living so closely to urban areas. Photo by National Park Service.