Macomb synagogue vandalized;
c Covenant Credit Union robbed
> Staff report
A 23-year-old Mt. Clemens man
was charged Tuesday with pos-
sessing stolen property from the
only synagogue in Macomb
County. Police were waiting for
crime lab reports to see if they
could charge the man, a next-door
neighbor of Cong. Beth Tephilath
Moses of Mt. Clemens, with
- breaking into the synagogue late
\, Friday or early Saturday. In an
earlier, unrelated incident, two
men robbed the B'nai B'rith
Covenant Credit Union in South-
> field of $6,200.
The president of Beth Tephilath
I Moses, Louis Davis, told The
Jewish News that $3,000-$4,000
damage was done inside the
synagogue. Several Sifrei Torah
were dumped from the Aron
Kodesh and one was torn, but
nothing of major value was taken
from the building. Police arrested
the man after discovering food,
glasses and plates from the
synagogue in his apartment.
Judy and Barry Merenoff
hosted the Bar Mitzvah of their
son, Collin, at Beth Tephilath
Moses on Saturday morning. Two
synagogue employees discovered
the break-in at 9 a.m. The build-
ing was cleaned sufficiently for
regular services and the Bar
Mitzvah to be held that morning.
Mrs. Merenoff believes the at-
. tack against the synagogue was
anti-Semitic because covers and
breast-plates were thrown from
the Torahs and a Jewish star was
smeared from the Bar Mitzvah
cake. Swear words were written
over a congratulatory message on
a chalk board, she said.
-is. however, discounts any
ai --tism. He said, "There
was no real defacement inside or
outside the building. There were
no racial overtones. This was just
done by a real low-life."
Mt. Clemens police said the
suspect was being evicted from his
apartment- when police ques-
tioned neighbors about the
break-in. Lt. Charles Peece said
the officers had prior contact with
the suspect, and asked the land-
lord for permission to search the
apartment. Police found the sto-
len plates and cups, and arrested
the man 30 minutes later.
Neighbors reported that the sus-
pect had hosted "a wild party" in
his apartment Friday night.
Mt. Clemens Mayor Ada Eisen-
feld is a member of the 65-family
congregation. Davis said Beth
Tephilath Moses has been located
on South Avenue in Mt. Clemens
since 1921 and in its present
building three blocks from
downtown since 1975.
Davis said the congregation has
rarely had problems. He said the
only anti-Semitic incident in re-
cent years occurred two years ago
when anti-Semitic slogans were
scrawled on the building with
Meanwhile, in Southfield, a
pair of men, one of them armed,
robbed the B'nai B'rith Covenant
Credit Union of $6,269 in cash
shortly before closing time Fri-
According to police, the men
entered the credit union office in-
side the B'nai B'rith Building,
25835 Southfield, at about 4:15
p.m. Employees in an adjacent
office notified the Southfield
Police Department before an
alarm was turned in, but officers
did not arrive at the scene until
after the thieves had fled, South-
field Police Lt. Mike Martin said.
Police report that one of the
men fired a shot from a .25 caliber
revolver during the robbery. No
one was injured.
B'nai B'rith officials refused to
comment on the robbery.
In Livonia, police reported no
new developments this week . in
the investigation into the defac-
ing of the Livonia Jewish Congre-
gation late Oct. 20 or early Oct.
21. Swastikas and anti-Semitic
slogans were painted on the out-
side walls of the synagogue and an
adjacent school wing.
Police have questioned several
suspects in the case, but no
charges have been filed.
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New studies indicate
Israel may have
Washington (JTA) — Two
studies made public this week as-
sert that Israel has the capacity to
manufacture nuclear weapons
and may have actually done so al-
Leonard Spector, a senior asso-
ciate at the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace, in a book,
Nuclear Proliferation Today: The
Spread of Nuclear Weapons 1984
the first in a series of Carnegie
Endowment annual reports on the
subject, claims that Israel "may
have some 20 untested nuclear
weapons, or their easily assem-
Warren Donnelly, of the Li-
brary of Congress' Congressional
Research Service, in another re-
port on proliferation, maintained
that Israel poses the greatest
"threat" among five non-nuclear
states to test or produce weapons.
Other states that pose a danger to
non-proliferation are South Af-
rica, India, Pakistan, and Argen-
tina, according to Donnelly, who
made his report at the request of
Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.).
However, both Donnelly and
Spector said they believe that Is-
rael will continue its present posi-
tion of not acknowledging it has
nuclear-weapons. Israeal has pub-
licly maintained that it will not be
the first to introduce nuclear
weapons into the Middle East.
U.S. and Israel sign
co-op research pact
Washington (JTA) — The
United States and Israel• have
agreed to cooperative research
projects on oil shale extraction
and the conversion of coal for al-
The U.S. will provide $620,000
for the projects which call for the
exchange of technical information
and personnel. The agreements
are a result of a pledge in De-
cember, 1983 by Energy Secre-
tary Donald Hodel and Yitzhak
Modai,. who was then Israel's
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