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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.
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