A Brooklyn synagogue with Holocaust survivors amongst its congregation was the sufferer of anti-Semitic graffiti vandals who spray-painted “Hitler” on its façade, authorities mentioned Wednesday.
Councilwoman Inna Vernikov posted a video of the hateful message that desecrated the Beth Shalom Synagogue on Avenue X in Sheepshead Bay.
Vernikov mentioned she had obtained a textual content message from Rabbi Asher Altshul, who noticed the vandalism when he arrived on the synagogue round 6:30 a.m.
“This isn’t one thing we’re [just] seeing within the media. That is one thing occurring in our yard,” Vernikov, who lives three blocks from the home of worship, mentioned in a video posted on Twitter.
“There are Holocaust survivors who attend this shul,” she added. “And after the atrocities they’ve seen throughout World Battle II, they now have to return to a synagogue in america of America in 2022 and see a Hitler signal on the wall.”
Vernikov advised The Publish in a subsequent interview that officers from the 61st Precinct have been investigating the alleged hate crime, whereas volunteers from the Shomrim patrol erased the hateful graffiti
“It’s very scary. It’s sickening,” mentioned Vernikov, a Ukraine-born Jew whose personal relations have been among the many 6 million killed within the Nazi genocide throughout World Battle II.
Latest studies present that anti-Semitism is on the rise in New York and throughout the nation, with reported incidents starting from bodily assaults to Jew-hating graffiti and vandalism.
Vernikov mentioned she’s pressuring academic establishments — together with the Metropolis College of New York — to confront anti-Semitism amongst its personal school and college students.