The entryway to a local synagogue in Santa Monica, California experienced anti-semitic retaliation when unknown individuals smeared the walls with feces and food on the first night of Hanukkah Saturday. Thus on Sunday morning, associates with the synagogue coming to pray were stunned and disheartened to see the vandalism imposed on their cherished place of worship.
One of the rabbis, Boruch Rabinowitz, attempted to clean the grotesque act committed at the Living Torah Center, a synagogue affiliated with the Orthodox Chabad movement. Despite his efforts, feces remained smeared in the upper corner of the building’s facade and on a window facing Wilshire Boulevard.
Rabinowitz believes the attack was not random. In fact, additional attention may have been drawn to the synagogue because of the public display of the menorah lit in the window. Those with anti-semitic intentions would be able to clearly pinpoint the synagogue as a target.
Assistant Rabbi Dovid Tenenbaum, who is also a chaplain with the local police department, called in a report regarding the criminal act. This isn’t the first time the synagogue has experienced this sort of resentment: previously in November, an unidentified black man burst into services, waved the Hitler salute, then shouted “Heil Hitler,” and made a machine-gun motion with his hands at worshippers before fleeing on foot.
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