This Day in Jewish History A 14th-century Neighborhood Watch Begins

In response to groups of slaughter-hungry marauders intent on murdering Jews, the Bishop of Strasbourg formed a local band to track down the perpetrators.

On May 17, 1338, disturbed by an ongoing series of murderous attacks on Jews in the Alsace region of France, the Bishop of Strasbourg formed an alliance of locals to track down the armed band carrying out the assaults.