Security Tightened After Firebomb Damages Baltimore's Hebrew University

August 4, 2006

Source: The Associated Press

On August 4, 2006 The Associated Press reported, "Security is being increased at synagogues and other buildings after a firebomb made from a beer bottle ignited after being thrown at a door of a library building at Baltimore Hebrew University on Wednesday.

Local groups are also mindful of worsening conflict in the Middle East and at recent attack at a Jewish center in Seattle.

'The Jewish community is always cognizant of the need to protect members of the community and its institutions,' Arthur C. Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, told The (Baltimore) Sun Thursday. 'We continue to do so, and at times of intensity in the Middle East, intensity with events back home, we up that security.'

Since 2004, more than 30 Jewish organizations around Baltimore and Washington have received $1.6 million in federal Homeland Security grants to improve safety, Abramson said. Institutions such as schools, community centers and synagogues have used the money to install alarms, security cameras and lights and to take other steps to increase protection, he said.

No one was hurt and there was little property damage in the attack at the university in Northwest Baltimore... Police are investigating the incident as arson, not as a bias crime, because no notes or other messages were found, Moses said."