Tue. Jun 15th, 2021
Graves are defaced with graffiti at Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids (Courtesy of the ADL)
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WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI – ADL, the Anti-Defamation League, today announced a reward up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the desecration of gravestones at Ahavas Israel Jewish Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

On November 2nd, 2020, multiple gravestones in the cemetery were found defaced.“This desecration of headstones in the Ahavas Israel Jewish cemetery is an inexcusable and heinous act in the place where community members are remembered and honored,” said Carolyn Normandin, ADL Michigan Regional Director. “We are encouraging anyone who may have information about this alleged vandalism to come forward. We thank the Grand Rapids Police Department for taking this incident seriously and investigating it.” “The defacement of monument stones felt like an attack against the Jewish community.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our Grand Rapids Jewish community and beyond,” said David Krishef, Rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Israel.

Edward Miller, Cemetery Chair for Congregation Ahavas Israel said, “When I received the call about the vandalism, I was shocked and taken aback that something like this could happen to our cemetery. The response from the community, both local and from abroad, has been overwhelming and humbling. I thank everyone who has spread awareness about this crime. I hope the person or persons responsible are found and are held accountable.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact GRPD investigators directly at (616) 456-3380. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.

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