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Pennsylvania Synagogue Defaced with Swastika

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, are investigating after someone targeted a Jewish temple in Wynnewood with antisemitic graffiti overnight.

A stunned resident of the community shared an image of the vandalism — that showed a swastika in red paint over “Our Community Stands With Israel” that was hung below the main sign for Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El — on social media on Sunday morning.

The discovery was made just off the synagogue’s main entrance along Remington Road.

“Unfortunately, the Jewish people are used to things like this happening,” Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky said. “This is a trying time for us all and hatred — whatever it is — has no place here, it should have no place in our society.”

There was no other visible damage done to the property and the vandalism was discovered around 8:15 a.m., Lower Merion police said. The sign was removed and police continued to investigate.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper — who attended nearby Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and grew up attending the synagogue — tweeted about the incident.

Fellow Barrack alum, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, later retweeted NBC10’s post, calling out antisemitism:

“Antisemitism and the vandalism of a house of worship of any kind have no place in this Commonwealth. I’ve spoken to Rabbi Witkovsky and told him we stand with his wonderful congregation and against hate. PSP is coordinating with our law enforcement partners to apprehend the person(s) responsible.

“These acts of hate will never change the fact that no matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, or who you do and don’t pray to, you belong here in Pennsylvania.”

The synagogue’s rabbi was spoke of other religious and community members reaching out for support.

“What we’re afraid of most isn’t a vandal, it’s vandalism and no one else caring,” Witkovsky said. “And, so the fact that non-Jewish leaders around us, that other other religious leaders around us, that political leaders around us have all reached out to say this isn’t OK, to show their support for us means the world to our community.”