Last night on New Year's Eve or the night before, around 9:10 pm, a fire started in Congregation Beth Israel Temple in their educational building on the grounds. This was in NW Portland, Oregon.
Portland Police and the Fire Dept. are investigating it which might be an anti-Semitic act. This was at 1900 block of Northwest Flanders Street.
"After the flames were extinguished, fire investigators determined the fire appeared to be intentionally set. Police say they have no information at this point that the blaze is related to anti-Semitic activity and are seeking help from the public in their investigation."
KPTV has it happening on the night before, the 30th of December. According to Fox 12, "Police say there is no information that this fire may be the result of bias-related activity, but they add it is concerning that a fire was intentionally set near a place of worship."
Yes, it's very concerning to the Jewish Community as well. Synagogues are favorite targets of anti-Semites. It has happened many times in the USA. Unless wiring in the building was the problem, what other reason is there?