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Vandals smashed the windows of a Brooklyn synagogue during Rosh Hashanah prayers this week and police said that a Jewish woman reported being harassed in a separate incident during the holiday as well.

Two females were apparently caught on video throwing milk crates at the Rivnitz synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Monday afternoon, the first full day of the two-day holiday. Police were searching for two females who were seen in the video, according to WPIX-TV.

“This is a shocking act of hate,” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “We WILL find the perpetrators and hold them responsible.”

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The terrorist accused of killing an Israeli teen by planting a bomb at a popular hiking spot worked for a European-funded NGO that has ties to BDS, according to an Israeli organization.

NGO Monitor reported on Wednesday that Samer Arbid, a leader of a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist cell, was listed as an accountant for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, an NGO that represents Palestinians detained in Israel.

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As he swore in the 22nd Knesset on Thursday, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said Israel is facing a crisis and that the nation needs a clear and unified government more than ever.

“We are facing a time of crisis for the House of Jacob, an emergency for Israel’s security and for Israeli society, an emergency for Israeli democracy: all that is dear to us. Forming a government is not only the wish of the people. More than ever, in times like these, it is an economic and security need the likes of which we have not known for many years.” —President Reuven Rivlin

Earlier this week, Rivlin tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with getting the first stab at building a coalition after the Sept. 17 elections. Rivlin gave Bibi the first shot after 55 members of Knesset recommended the current prime minister to continue his term while only 54 members supported Benny Gantz whose Blue and White party earned the most votes in the election.

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Israel’s storied rhythmic gymnast has increased her medal collection after winning a silver and a bronze at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Azerbaijan this week.

Linoy Ashram earned a silver medal on Tuesday in the hoop event while her teammate Nicol Zelikman finished fourth. 

This was Ashram’s fourth world championship medal on an individual apparatus. The 20-year-old Ashram won bronze in the ball competition. The Israeli has won medals in all of the world championships since the Rio Olympics in 2016 and is hoping to earn medals at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

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An exodus of Jews emigrating from the Former Soviet Union to Israel has dramatically increased over the past four years amid fears that the former communist superpower is becoming less democratic.

While the economy and crime may also be a contributing factor, some have coined this growing phenomena “Putin aliyah” citing a significant deterioration in freedom under current President Vladimir Putin, according to a report in the Jewish Telegraph Agency.

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