Anti-Semitic graffiti was recently found on the historic Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., the synagogue’s rabbis notified congregants Monday.
Michelle Eider, the synagogue’s communications manager, told The Jerusalem Post Monday the vandalism contained swastikas and anti-Semitic language.
Sixth and I Rabbis Shira Stutman, Aaron Potek and Jesse Paikin wrote to congregants in a Monday email that graffiti was carved into a door and drawn on a stairway on Friday, according to a screenshot of the email shared on Twitter.
I am devastated to learn that my beloved @SixthandI was victimized and defaced with antisemitic Graffiti this past Shabbat. I have no words for what this place means to me. My husband converted there. Rabbi Shira married us. My daughter was named there. I am distraught. pic.twitter.com/NwvAVF4T4j
— Carly Pildis (@CarlyPildis) December 2, 2019
“In these moments, it’s important to remember that it is not a shame but an honor to be a Jew,” they wrote. “It is no small irony that it was our doors, symbols of welcoming and inclusivity, onto which someone spewed hatred and bigotry.”
The synagogue’s leaders also noted that they are “unfortunately” not surprised by the attack, noting the rise of anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes. The Anti-Defamation League reported in April that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2018 were double those of 2015.
“But we are stronger than a few swastikas; stronger than some impotent graffiti etched into our door. In solidarity with non-Jewish loved ones and allies, we can and will respond to this hateful act with open doors, in resilience and spirit, living jewish lives of joy, optimism and pride,” they wrote.
D.C. Police spokesman Hugh Carew told The Washington Post officers are investigating the incident.