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(Memphis)  Community leaders, church members, and local politicians met at an east Memphis Synagogue to discuss a recent hate crime involving some Mid-South students.

The teens were gathered at a hotel to celebrate a holy day.

Someone went into the banquet room where they held services, and destroyed the religious artifacts including the Torah, a central concept in the Jewish religion.

“They wrote on prayer books, destroyed a drum set, just said pretty nasty things”, said one of the students.

Police arrested a security guard for the crime.

Now the students are trying to educate others about their religion in hopes to prevent other crimes like this against the Jewish community.

“If we’re talking hate based on race, in America it’s African-Americans, it’s based on religion its American Jews”, said Abraham Cooper, a rabbi from Los Angeles who came to offer his support.