Police are investigating more cases of vandalism against IU’s Jewish population. Twice in the past week a rock was thrown through a window at the Chabad Jewish Center. And vandals threw another stone through a window at the Hillel Center over the weekend.
Members of the Chabad Jewish Center on IU’s campus are responding to the latest act of vandalism with a message of respect and tolerance for one another. Vandals threw a rock through one of the windows at the sanctuary today – - that’s the second time in a week.
“The scary part was that the villain that threw the rock, threw the rock from 7th street and there was a girl upstairs doing her homework sitting in front of her laptop and only a foot away from her the rock flew across,” Rabbi Yehoshua Chincholker said. “I don’t want to think what could have happened; we are very scared.”
Rabbi Yehoshua Chincholker says he plans to use the acts which he believes were done to intimidate…to illuminate.
“We’re going to have a public Menorah lighting at the Chabad House on Sunday. We’ve ordered a large Menorah and we want to incorporate that very rock into the ceremony,” said Rabbi Chincholker.
IU police say at least five possible acts of anti-Semitism have now been reported over the last week. An information board in Goodbody Hall, home to IU’s Jewish Studies program, was also vandalized. Additionally, Hebrew books at the Wells library were removed from their shelves and taken to bathrooms in the building. The FBI and the Justice Department have become involved with the investigation because of its possible hate crime overtones.