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Police and FBI investigating anti-Semitic messages left at two local synagogues

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 15:29:48-05

Police and FBI are investigating threats that were left on answering machines at two Jewish synagogues in Cuyahoga County this week.

According to a Mayfield Heights police report, a person called in a threat to the Temple Israel Ner Tamid, 1732 Lander Road, on Jan. 21., around 9 a.m.

The caller left anti-Semitic remarks and death threats on the facility's voicemail. The call came from a blocked number, police said.

A second incident occurred later the same day when someone called in and left harassing messages at the University Heights Jewish Center Synagogue, 14270 Cedar Road.

Rabbi Raphael Davidovich, Mara d’Asra said on the temple's website that the messages were "both disturbing and anti-Semitic."

The temple released the following statement:

We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the safety and security of our community and will keep you updated as to any significant developments. 

The Cleveland division of the FBI said they are assisting local law enforcement in the investigation.

It is not known if the messages were left by the same individual.