Press Release: Chicago Muslims Condemn Vandalism of Local Synagogue

(CHICAGO, 9/22/10) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today condemned the vandalism of a Chicago synagogue as “reprehensible.”

Yesterday, members of Temple Menorah on California Avenue found two broken windows and the canvas panels of a sukkah, a temporary hut for prayer, slashed with a sharp object.

SEE: West Rogers Park synagogue vandalized (Chicago Breaking News)

Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago reached out to the Menorah Congregation today to express the Muslim community’s sympathy and support in the wake of the attack and to offer assistance.

“The reprehensible attack against this Jewish congregation is an insult to all of us,” said Rehab. “An attack against one house of worship is an attack against every house of worship.”

“We will not sit idly by while the values that made this country great are trampled upon by hatemongers and criminals. Enough intolerance, enough hate. We call on law enforcement, public officials, and the media to show zero tolerance to such acts.”

CAIR-Chicago is a chapter of the largest Muslim civil liberties group, which has 35 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.


CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 312.212.1520, E-Mail:;CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Amina Sharif, 312.212.1520, E-Mail: