St. Paul police patrols at synagogues, community centers increasing due to threats against Jewish community

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St. Paul police are increasing patrols at Jewish community centers and synagogues due to recent vandalism.

At about 2 p.m. Thursday, police responded to Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery on Christie Place on a report of criminal damage to property, according to Sgt. Natalie Davis, the St. Paul police public information officer. Upon arrival, they met with the cemetery’s caretaker, who told officers that when he arrived for his shift he found more than 30 grave markers had been pushed over.

An investigation is ongoing. In light of this and "other incidents around the metro," St. Paul police are increasing patrol and visits at Jewish places of worship and community centers.

But this hasn’t been the only attack on the Jewish faith in the Twin Cities this week.

The Beth El Synagogue closed its doors Friday and Saturday due to a threat of violence, amid observance of High Holy Days. The Aleph Preschool also closed temporarily.

The Anti-Defamation League Midwest issued a statement Friday, mentioning both incidents.

"As the Jewish community comes together for the High Holy Days and in hopes of a sweet and safe new year, it is critical we support one another and condemn the violence and incitement against Jews and all communities," David Goldenberg, ADL Midwest Regional Director, wrote.

St. Louis Park police are continuing to monitor the situation and an investigation is underway.

No further information on either event is available at this time.