SWASTIKA ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE
I still can't believe that this happened at my synagogue, in my neighborhood. But here's the email from Mark Ankcorn, rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek:
Early this afternoon, I was contacted by the police regarding an incident of vandalism at Shaare Zedek. I quickly walked over to the shul and discovered a swastika about two feet tall painted on our building, which had been cordoned off by police officers already at the scene.
As best we can determine, the vandalism happened sometime between 5:30 pm Saturday evening and 12:30 pm Sunday, on the wall to the left of the eastern door to the social hall. We painted over this ugly symbol as quickly as possible, after being advised by NYPD that there were no fingerprints or other forensic evidence to be gleaned from the site.
I know that many in our community live in the area and have friends who pass by the building every day. If anyone has any information about the incident, including walking by the shul and NOT seeing the vandalism during the relevant time period, it would be a big help to the investigators as they try to canvas for witnesses. Please contact me and I will pass the information on to the detectives from the Hate Crimes Unit who are working the case.
The security of every member of our community is of paramount importance to me and to the lay leadership of Shaare Zedek, but do bear in mind that (thank God) no one was injured nor was there lasting damage to our synagogue. Rest assured that I will keep the community updated with information as it becomes available; nevertheless, feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns.
If you have any information, please call Shaare Zedek at 212-874-7005...