The Anti-Defamation League is offering an additional reward of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for damage earlier this year to Temple Beth El. Combined with the initial $3,000 provided by Silent Observer, the reward for credible information leading to an arrest now stands at $5,000.

According to Battle Creek Police, a stone block near the front door of the synagogue was damaged with the word “Lier” and an unidentified symbol, painted in black. This was the second time in six weeks the same area of the synagogue was damaged. In November of 2018, the menorah embedded in stone was damaged using a sharp tool.

Battle Creek Police are involved with investigations of both incidents.

“We condemn this cowardly, anti-Semitic incident,” said Carolyn Normandin, ADL regional director for Michigan. “Battle Creek is a vibrant community, and there is no room for such destruction of places of worship. Hopefully, this reward will help the police apprehend the person(s) responsible for this disgusting act.”

Anyone with information is urged to Silent Observer – by phone at 269-964-3888, with a text message to CRIMES (274637) with SOTIP in the message, online at, or via the free “TipSubmit Mobile” app for iPhone and Android.

Silent Observer offers citizens the opportunity to provide police with vital information – yet remain anonymous. Tipsters can receive cash rewards of up to $5,000 for providing information leading to the arrest of individuals who are later bound over for trial.

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