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.
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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