Southern Illinois temple vandalized

Benton, IL
- Leaders of the United Hebrew Temple in Benton are speaking out and asking for the Public's help in identifying a suspect, or suspects, for multiple acts of vandalism.

The damage to the synagogue was first discovered the morning of Friday, Oct. 9. Damage included 10 stained-glass windows that were broken, prayerbooks and kippot (religious head coverings) thrown on the floor, and vandalism to the kitchen.

The congregation reports this was the third incident in less than a month. More than a week earlier, another reported break-in resulted in stolen electronic equipment. Two windows also were broken in a previous but recent incident.

Benton Police are investigating but have released no further information.


Photo: United Hebrew Temple of Benton, Ill., has been vandalized three times in recent months. Photo from Isaac Uban.