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Oberlin professor, wife targets of possible hate crime

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OBERLIN — Police continue to investigate a possible hate crime where a threatening anti-Semitic note was left on the home of an Oberlin College professor.

Benjamin Kuperman, associate professor and chair of the computer science department, and his wife, Elizabeth Kuperman, called police at 3:40 a.m. after they were awakened by tapping sounds outside their Eastern Avenue home.

When Benjamin Kuperman opened the front door of his home, he found that seashells on the porch were smashed, the report said, and a note was placed behind a mezuzah hung up on his door frame, the report said.

A mezuzah refers to a small scroll inscribed with the Torah enclosed in a decorative case and signifies that Jewish people live at the home.

The note was a ripped piece of white paper and appeared to have letters glued on that spelled out “Gas Jews Die.”

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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