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Southern Illinois synagogue raises funds to repair vandalism

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WEST FRANKFORT — The United Hebrew Temple of Benton, Ill. is raising money to repair the damage from vandalism last week.

The temple was hit with vandalism for the third time in recent weeks on Friday, Oct. 9. On their donation site, the temple said that 10 stained glass windows were broken, prayerbooks and kippot were thrown on the ground, and the kitchen vandalized.

According to the temple, this was the third time in less than a month. About 10 days ago there was a break-in where electronic equipment used for religious services was stolen. Two weeks earlier, two windows were broken in separate occurrences.

United Hebrew Temple is seeking $6,000 to repair damage from the recent vandalism, to purchase security equipment, and to replace electronics used to conduct prayer services.

As of early Monday afternoon, $3,905 had been raised.

To donate, go to GiveLively.org. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and Western Kentucky.

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