Click here for UPDATE: June 17, 2011 

June 12, 2011

We are sad to report that sometime late Friday night or early Shabbat morning the Chabad Jewish Center was vandalized with a hateful message spray-painted onto the facade of the building. 

Needless to say, all of us were shocked and pained to see it.

It has been covered in the media. 

http://www.chabad.org/news/article_cdo/aid/1546973/jewish/Police-Investigate-Boise-Hate-Crime.htm 

http://www.ktvb.com/news/Community-rallies-around-graffitied-Jewish-Center-123719659.html

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/06/12/1686081/boise-jewish-center-tagged-with.html

http://www.ktvb.com/home/123692274.html 

We are in contact with the police and they are investigating the case.

We continued with services Shabbat morning and are determined to continue our activities with ever-increasing commitment and pride. We will not allow this to discourage us whatsoever.

We are encouraged and touched by the tremendous outpouring of support from the entire community. 

We are still in the process of determining the best method and time for removal of the graffiti and will keep you posted should you wish to help out.

We are reviewing our security at the center and have established a security fund. To donate to the fund, please click here.

May we always share only good news.

Rabbi Mendel & Esther Lifshitz
Chabad Jewish Center

UPDATE:

June 17, 2011

We are touched and encouraged by the outpouring of support from near and far, Jews and non-Jews alike.

We’d like to share with you a brief update.

  1. Many people offered to assist with the cleanup effort. In the end it was a simple task and has been taken care of. Thanks to those that offered.
  2. We have no reason to believe that any type of threat exists to the Chabad Jewish Center or the Jewish community. Nonetheless, we are taking extra precautions.
  3. We have consulted with both the authorities, the Anti-Defamation League a New-York-based security company and a local security company regarding security at the center. Based on the recommendations gathered, we are in the process of implementing various upgrades including security cameras and alarm system. We will make every effort to ensure that everyone is absolutely comfortable in our center.
  4. We are in contact with authorities, who are conducting an investigation. They do not have any concrete leads to date, but will continue to pursue it. The case has also been referred to the FBI and has been recorded with the Homeland Security database.

Many have asked what can be done to help.                                         

At this point there are primarily four things you can do to help:

  • Contribute to the Chabad Jewish Center. Specifically, we need to raise money to ensure that we have adequate security. You can donate online at www.jewishidaho.com/donateor mail a check to Chabad Jewish Center, 3813 W. State St., Boise, ID 83703.
  • Be more vigilant and cautious. If you see strange behavior, abnormal activities or suspect individuals at or near the Chabad Jewish Center please notify us at (208) 853-9200 or call the police.
  • We are taught that a little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness. The more we continue and increase our activities the more we deprive this negative energy of life.
    Participate in our activities to show your support and add goodness to overcome evil.
    Specifically, Shabbat is a time of peace. Let’s bring more peace to the world by participating in Shabbat. Please join us tomorrow morning for Shabbat Services at the Chabad Jewish Center. Morning Services begin at 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. A Kiddush lunch follows the services. All are welcome to attend. If you cannot come for all, come for part.
  • Volunteer. Many people offered to help clean the graffiti. Truthfully, it was a simple job. But there are many other times that we need assistance. The urgency of such an event should remind us to volunteer even without dire circumstances. Ask us how you can help!

Thanks again for your continued support.                                                         

May G‑d bless you and the entire world with true peace, with the coming of Moshiach now.