Sukkah Burning Questioned

October 18, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On October 18, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "members of Adath Israel Congregation in St. Paul gathered Tuesday night to rebuild a sukkah that was burned by arsonists Saturday morning. A sukkah is a temporary shelter built to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the Twin Cities said Tuesday that the fire remains under investigation. No arrests have been made. The agency is asking for the public's help in solving the case. In Minneapolis, police were investigating anti-Israel graffiti written with a marker on the walls of a restroom at the Shir Tikvah Synagogue, 5000 Girard Av. S., on Saturday afternoon. Sgt. Tom Stocke said a man was confronted by someone at the synagogue Saturday - before the graffiti was discovered - and he was asked to leave, which he did. Stocke said that he contacted St. Paul authorities about the sukkah burning on Saturday and that he doesn't think the two incidents are connected. Stocke said the incident at Shir Tikvah is being investigated as a hate or bias crime."