February 25, 2024
Home of Israel in Balboa Park. Picture through Jewish Federation of San Diego

The Home of Israel in Balboa Park, hit with vandalism previously three days, will shut till additional discover, Ruth Mastron, its president, mentioned Thursday.

Situated among the many worldwide cottages close to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Home of Israel gives displays about Israel and is well-known for serving bourekas to guests.

In an internet message, Mastron mentioned: “You might have heard {that a} window was damaged final night time on the Home of Israel. Happily, we had been closed, and nobody was inside. Nonetheless, that is the second time in three days we’ve needed to name the police.

“I proceed to imagine within the worth of our core mission to welcome, inform, and educate about our great nation of Israel, historic homeland of the Jewish folks. However after a day of reflection, session, and soul-searching, I’ve concluded that we can’t assure the protection of volunteers, neighboring homes and guests.

“I couldn’t reside with myself if anybody had been to be harmed as a result of I didn’t take the painful and unprecedented however obligatory resolution to shut the Home of Israel till additional discover.

“I’m upset by this resolution as anybody else, if no more so, however managing the present scenario requires competencies and sources I merely wouldn’t have, so I name upon the Jewish/Israeli group to come back collectively to make sure the way forward for the Home of Israel.”

On X, previously Twitter, ADL California strongly condemned the vandalization.

“To vandalize a cultural heart throughout this second of deep Jewish ache is unacceptable,” the publish mentioned, thanking the San Diego Police Division “for investigating this incident and for asking the general public to step ahead if they’ve any info.”

Opened in 1948, the House of Israel is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run by volunteers.

A version of this story first appeared on San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego On-line Information Affiliation.