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Vandals Strike Ukraine School Months After Suspicious Fire

Tamar Runyan – Chabad.org

An investigator surveys the damage caused by vandals at the Simcha School in Kiev, Ukraine.

KIEV, Ukraine — Less than three months after part of a Jewish school in Kiev, Ukraine, went up in flames under suspicious circumstances, vandals apparently threw stones through the windows of two of its classrooms and an on-site synagogue [1].

Rabbi Gavriel Gordon discovered the damage Saturday night as he was locking up the Simcha School, a Chabad-Lubavitch [2] day school serving 600 students from kindergarten through post high school.

According to officials, no one had heard anything. The guard had seen a few youths hanging around the school’s fence earlier in the day, but had asked them to leave.

The building had been full of visitors over Shabbat [3], many of them in town for a local wedding that happened earlier in the week. Rabbi Mordechai Levenhartz, principal of the school, suspects that the damage occurred some time after the last Shabbat guest left.

“Thank G-d, everyone had left the building,” said Levenhartz.

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