It is a Tree of Life: Reflections on anti-Jewish violence in America on the Tree of Life Anniversary

When I was a young adult, my home synagogue, where my father was rabbi, was shot up by a machine gun. Behind the gun: Chris Lord, a new-nazi associated with Volksfront and American Front. No one was in the building, and my parents were out of town. But I was home, just a quarter block away, taking care of my little sister. We heard the gunfire. We received a call from the police, and we were told to hide in a back bedroom. The synagogue had been attacked; We were in danger.


A few years earlier, neo-Nazis associated with the same groups also stole our Torah scrolls. They intended to destroy them, but the police found them (in a rental house in our neighborhood) just in time. The Torahs were saved.