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Central Texas faith leaders and politicians rebuke antisemitic incidents after fire outside Austin synagogue

Austin fire officials said they’re investigating a Sunday incident that caused about $25,000 in damage as a potential arson.

Rabbi Neil Blumofe spoke at a press conference at the Dell Jewish Community Center on Nov. 1, 2021, after a fire outside Congregation Beth Israel.
Outside of the sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin on Nov. 1, 2021. Late the night before, an unknown individual set a fire at the front doors of the synagogue. Franklin Barrett Sechriest, then a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, was charged with the crime.
Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel Harold Wilensky outside of the synagogue on Nov. 1, 2021. Congregation Beth Israel has been in North Austin since the 1950s. Previously, the synagogue was founded in downtown Austin in the late 19th century.
Mayor Steve Adler during an interview after a press conference at the Dell Jewish Community Center on Nov. 1, 2021.

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