Antisemitic graffiti has has popped up on multiple buildings in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, prompting concerns among the city’s Jewish community and nearby residents.
A derogatory caricature of a Jewish man with a big nose and horns was painted on buildings at the following intersections: Belmont Avenue and Orchard Street, Roscoe Street and Broadway as well as at Melrose Street and Broadway.
One of the buildings that was tagged sits steps away from a synagogue, Anshe Sholom B’Nail Israel Congregation.
“There’s a lot of tension right now, there have been a number of instances of Jewish people being assaulted in major American cities in the last two weeks,” said synagogue Rabbi David Wolkenfeld.
Dan Goldwin, executive director of public affairs for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago, said the organization is looking for ways to bring people together across races, religions and political divides.
“There’s enough that divides us,” he said. “We need to find some things that unite us. What happened here a path a block from this synagogue is not going to help.”
The Chicago Police Department said only one police report has been filed.