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Complex housing UCF Jewish students vandalized with swastikas

An apartment complex in Orlando that houses several Jewish students from the nearby University of Central Florida was vandalized with swastikas.

Nearly one dozen swastikas were carved into the walls of the hallway where the Jewish students live at the University House Apartments, located several blocks from the UCF campus, according to local news reports.

Earlier in April the complex, which is not affiliated with the university, had a mezuzah ripped from an apartment doorpost and the scroll inside stolen. The swastikas were discovered on Saturday, April 26.

“It’s not like it was a little doodle by a kid. It was like someone keyed it onto the wall, circled it knowing there are Jewish students living here and on campus,” student Melissa Sherman told WFTV. “We don’t think the timing was an accident because it was Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday night and she discovered it on Saturday.”

The complex offered a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest of anyone involved.

Cantor, Wasserman Schultz invite bombing victim’s family on prayer day

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, made reflections on the murder of a Jewish teenager in Israel a centerpiece of the Congressional National Day of Prayer. The two leaders, who are both Jewish, invited Tuly and Sheryl Wultz to address lawmakers and their staffs on May 1, designated as the National Day of Prayer by a 1952 law.

The parents of Daniel Cantor Wultz, one of 11 people murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber in Tel Aviv in 2006, were invited to speak “about how prayers from people around the world touched and sustained Daniel and their family during the time following the terror attack that wounded Daniel and Tuly, and, ultimately led to Daniel’s death,” according to the invitation to the event. Sheryl Wultz is Cantor’s cousin.

The couple said the national day of prayer was an appropriate time to remember their son. “This was a great way to honor Daniel who was committed to prayer himself,” Sheryl Wultz said. “He had his kippah and his tzitzit on when the bombing took place.”

1482 Torah fetches record at auction

A 15th-century book of the Torah sold for a record $3.87 million at an auction in Paris. Christie’s, which organized the April 30 auction, listed the buyer as “anonymous” and said the sale broke the mark for the most expensive Hebrew-language book. Three buyers attempted to outbid each other over the telephone, the news website reported Thursday.

The book was printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January 1482, according to Christie’s. “The volume represents the very first appearance in print of all five books of the Pentateuch as well as the first to which vocalization and cantillation marks have been added,” the Christie’s website said.

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