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January 1, 2014 10:58 am
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Bronx Synagogue Swastika: Rabbi Says Graffiti ‘Particularly Hurtful’ to Holocaust Survivor Members

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A Nazi swastika painted on the Kingsbridge Center of Israel, in Bronx, New York, in the early hours of December 30, 2013. Photo: Kingsbridge Center of Israel.

A Nazi swastika painted on the Kingsbridge Center of Israel, in Bronx, New York, in the early hours of December 30, 2013. Photo: Kingsbridge Center of Israel.

Kingsbridge Center of Israel Rabbi David Jonas said that swastika graffiti tagged on his synagogue in Bronx, New York, was “particularly hurtful” because of the Holocaust survivors it counts as members, including the shul’s president who discovered the hate crime early on Monday morning.

“The act was particularly hurtful given it was on a synagogue, and our president, Jack Kirk, is a Holocaust survivor, as are other members of our congregation. We will assist the NYPD in any way we can to bring the criminals to justice,” he told The Algemeiner.

Rabbi Jonas said this was the first instance of a swastika on the shul and noted the fast response by the police to arrive at the crime scene.

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“The NYPD responded quickly, seriously and with genuine concern and outrage. The commanding officer of the local precinct, two detectives, two crime scene documenters, a crime prevention officer, a community liaison, along with a few officers were on the scene within an hour of a 911 report. We are grateful to these fine men and women,” he said.

The police report said that local surveillance cameras were being checked, though no suspects have been arrested yet.

The rabbi added that “it seems to be the act of vandals who also spray painted nearby walls and storefronts with unrelated graffiti.”

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  • Kathleen Connolly Cavalear

    I was raised in Kingsbridge and raised my children there. My amazing neighbors, many of them Holocaust survivors, were members of this synagogue.
    Although I am Catholic, I have always have had a profound
    respect for your faith and have read and talked to many survivors of the Holocaust. As my children got older they heard slurs aimed at the Jewish neighbors and came to me with them. My Jewish neighbors joined together and for an entire year we celebrated all of the Holydays and ate the wonderful traditional foods. My children now pass along those “family traditions” in their homes.
    I am so very sorry that this has happened to your place of worship. I thank you for your presence in my life and the lives of my children

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