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Leaders of 53 Synagogues in Chicago Plans Against Vandalism

A Chicago rabbi urged today that a police squad car be assigned to every synagogue between nightfall and dawn to curb the wave of vandalism which has hit six Chicago synagogues during the past five weeks.

Representatives of 53 Chicago North Side synagogues met at Congregation Ezras Israel, which has so far escaped vandalism, to map plans for action by synagogue officials to deal with the outbreak. The proposal for squad car protection was made by Rabbi Benzion C. Kaganoff, spiritual leader of Ezras Israel, who said he had a “feeling” that every synagogue in the area would be attacked. He said “some volunteers are taking turns watching our-synagogue at night.”

Plans called for the setting up of a “security committee” headed by Isadore M. Friedman, president of the Council of Traditional Synagogues. The sixth vandalized synagogue was Mikro Kodesh Anshe Titkin.