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At least 2,000 mourners packed the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh for a vigil to remember the 11 people killed during Sabbath services at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018.

As attacks on houses of worship gain international attention, a report finds the Carolinas experienced a jump in anti-Semitic acts from 2017 to 2018.

The number of attacks against Jewish communities in North Carolina last year was 34, an increase from 16 the prior year, the Anti-Defamation League said in its Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released Tuesday. A majority of attacks in North Carolina were considered harassment, though assault and vandalism were also reported, the report says.

In South Carolina, the Anti-Defamation League says there were six anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, up from three the year before. The attacks were all related to harassment, findings show.

Nationally, there were 1,879 attacks on the Jewish community, making 2018 “the third-highest year on record since ADL started tracking such data in the 1970s,” the organization said in a news release.

“ADL’s annual tally of incidents nationwide found that anti-Semitic assaults, harassment and vandalism are still pervasive in the U.S.,” according to the release.

California had the most anti-Semitic acts at 341, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The organization says “the states with the highest number of incidents tend to be those with the largest Jewish populations.”

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