Synagogue vandalism damaged more than a building's door
To the editor:
We were saddened and angered to read the report in Tuesday's Herald-Mail of a swastika drawn on an exterior door at Congregation B'Nai Abraham synagogue recently. Such vandalism goes far beyond the graffiti that is sometimes found around the city.
We appreciate that the Hagerstown Police Department is treating it as a hate crime, for this incident clearly targets a particular "ethnicity, race or religion." This symbol of the Nazi Party is clearly anti-Semitic. We applaud Police Chief Arthur Smith in his commitment to pursuing all avenues that will lead to an arrest.
We. the religious leaders of Hagerstown, representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Baha'i and Hindu faith traditions, join Rabbi Fred Raskind and his congregation in deploring this incident and seeking ways to address the larger issues of racism and hatred in our community.