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Synagogue asks for help in finding cemetery damage families

Temple Israel lists names from vandalized headstones
Posted at 11:47 AM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 12:48:31-05

OMAHA, NE — Temple Israel in Omaha has released the names of those buried in their cemetery in North Omaha whose headstones were damaged by vandals.

The vandalism occurred in early November. More than $50,000 in damage was reported. Headstones at grave sites were damaged or knocked over.

Temple Israel officials are asking for help in contacting the families of those whose headstones were damaged to let them know what happened. They also have established a fund for those who want to contribute to help repair the damage,

The Omaha Police Department says they are still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made so far.

Leaders at Temple Israel say they are saddened by what happened. They say they don't, at this point, want to say that this was a hate crime or an antisemitic act until they get details from police.

To see the list of names and information on contributing to the cleanup, click here.