Rachel Schmelkin is the rabbi educator at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville. Founded in 1882, the building is the oldest synagogue still standing in Virginia.
Last weekend, as armed Nazis paraded through the town, 40 congregants prayed inside. As the synagogue’s president, Alan Zimmerman, has written, during Saturday morning services, “three men dressed in fatigues and armed with semi-automatic rifles stood across the street from the temple.
The president of a synagogue in Charlottesville, Virginia described a harrowing scene with armed white supremacists threatening the temple and chanting Nazi slogans during the tumultuous protests that rocked the town on Friday and S...
President of town's synagogue says armed supremacists stood across the street shouting "Sieg Heil!"
The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site despite hundreds of white supremacists congregating on the town ove...
Alan Zimmerman, president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, described what happened as an assemblage of Nazis and white supremacists marched past their synagogue.