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Another US synagogue hit by anti-Semitic graffiti

The day after AntiSemitismWatch reported the anti-Semitic attack on the Congregation Ohawe Shalom synagogue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, another US synagogue has been hit by anti-Semitic graffiti.

The only synagogue, Temple B’nai Abrahamin, in Beverly, a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, had the words “Merry Christmas” and a dollar sign spray-painted in green on the walls.

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Rabbi Alison Adler and temple president Alan Pierce met with Mayor Mike Cahill on Monday afternoon to discuss the incident. Adler said the temple will host a “community conversation,” moderated by the Anti-Defamation League, on June 2.

“We want to have a conversation and see what people’s thoughts and reactions and fears and concerns are in our community,” Adler said. “It points to something deeper and other trends that we see happening in the country and around the world.”

Temple officials posted a photo of the graffiti on the Temple B’nai Abraham website along with a response by Adler and Pierce.

“As far as hate crimes go, this ranks up there with ‘stupid’ rather than vile,” the response said. “But it hits home.”

Temple leadership decided to paint over the offensive graffiti, “but we are not painting over reactions or concerns,” they said.

“As stupid as the vandalism was, it is inspiring an opportunity for our TBA community to have a larger and deeper conversation,” the message said.

Pierce said the last time an incident like this took place at the temple was about 20 years ago.

“We’re going to use this as an opportunity to address this issue as well as the wider issue of intolerance,” he said.

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US synagogue daubed with swastika

Rhode Island, USA – Pawtucket police are investigating after a swastika was spray painted on the sign of a local synagogue.

CjEd2I8UYAEyAidThe vandalism was discovered Sunday morning on the sign for the Kollel Center for Jewish Studies.

The president of the Congregation Ohawe Shalom, said the graffiti is considered to be a hate crime.

Local leaders say they plan to discuss the crime and anti-Semitism at a news conference Monday morning.

Congressman David Cicilline released a statement Sunday, saying:

“I’m angry and disgusted. This despicable act of vandalism has only one purpose – to intimidate members of our community and it won’t succeed.

This kind of hatred must be condemned by everyone. Such deeply offensive acts of bigotry and intolerance have no place here. Someone knows who did this, and they should come forward immediately.

My thoughts are with all the members of Congregation Ohawe Shalom today.”

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