An Arab-owned restaurant in Jaffa was torched and graffiti pointing to a price-tag attack was spray-painted on its walls.
By phone, e-mail and word-of-mouth, the bad news kept piling up at Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino.
The homes of six families had been burned to the ground in the devastating wildfires sweeping across Southern California.
Another 30-40 families had been forced to evacuate their homes, and no one knew the present whereabouts of eight other families.
Rabbi Douglas Kohn, the Reform congregation's spiritual leader, was at the point of utter exhaustion.