Readers fund CCTV for vandalised synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Surveillance equipment worth more than £1,500 has been installed at a Lithuanian synagogue vandalised in an antisemitic attack, following an appeal on the JC website.

An anonymous donor responded to the request to provide the synagogue in Kaunas in central Lithuania with CCTV cameras after extremists left a pig’s head outside the building.

They had carved a star of David into the head and placed it underneath a black Hasidic hat and with peyot (sidelocks) attached. Community leaders said they believed it was left there by a neo-Nazi organisation.

Three hours after the story went online, a man planning to sell his old security camera offered it to the synagogue for free.

We were alerted by Moshe Katz, who runs an IT company in Wimbledon and whose father escaped Lithuania before the Holocaust.

He cleaned and packed the equipment and arranged for it to be shipped immediately.

Another donor has also volunteered to cover the cost of sending it to Lithuania.

Mr Katz said: “Within a week the shul had a terrific system - the cameras are already up and running.

“Thank you to the JC for your swift help and support and thank you to the donors for making this possible.”

Last updated: 2:32pm, September 14 2010