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Washington D.C. Synagogue Vandalized with Swastikas

Update: A 28-year-old man, Luis Montsinos, was arrested on Monday in connection with the antisemitic vandalism; more here.

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The Sixth & I synagogue in downtown Washington, D.C., was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Michelle Eider, the synagogue’s communications manager, said the vandalism contained swastikas and anti-Semitic language and was discovered on Monday morning.

In an email to congregants, the synagogue’s three Rabbis said the damage was minimal and would be quickly fixed. “In these moments, it’s important to remember that it is not a shame but an honor to be a Jew,” said the email. “It is no small irony that it was our doors, symbols of welcoming and inclusivity, onto which someone spewed hatred and bigotry.”

In addition to hosting services and Jewish programming, the non-denominational synagogue hosts events featuring well-known entertainers, thinkers, writers and politicians.

Earlier this year the Synagogue found itself embroiled in controversy; instead of commemorating Yom HaZikaron alongside thousands of other synagogues and Jewish community centers, Sixth & I Synagogue chose to host an “Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony” instead causing outrage on social media.

Source: https://www.timesofisrael.com/swastikas-anti-semitic-slurs-carved-in-door-of-washingtons-sixth-i-synagogue/