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N.Y. rabbis contribute funds to rebuild synagogue

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A "From the Ashes" fund maintained by the New York Board of Rabbis has contributed $3,600 to a firebombed synagogue in Moscow.

The fund was set up in 1996 to help religious institutions targeted by vandals or subjected to religious bigotry. In the fund's first year, some $28,000 was given to black churches that had been burned in several states. Later expanded to embrace all religions, it recently provided $1,800 to each of two synagogues desecrated in Israel, said Rabbi Marc Schneier, board president.About four weeks ago, a firebomb damaged the Marina Roscha Synagogue, an Orthodox congregation in Moscow.

"Acts of religious hatred, no matter where they occur, no matter who may be the perpetrators, even if it comes within our own community, must be strongly denounced," Schneier said.

The Board of Rabbis, founded in 1880, includes about 800 rabbis representing 1.5 million people in the New York region.