Apprehension Grips the Crimean Jewish Community

Ten days ago, someone spray-painted a large swastika and the words 'Kill the Zhids (Jews)' on the Simferopol synagogue walls.

SIMFEROPOL – The walls of the Ner Tamid Synagogue, at the end of a long, winding street leading from Lenin Square in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, are covered with photographs from the life of the small community. Hanukkah parties, Passover seders, bar mitzvas, weddings, filled with happy smiling faces of parents and children.