A hate crime shocked Brooklynites this week when a vile villain scrawled an obscene anti-Semitic missive across a Windsor Terrace Jewish center’s sign — just days before the holy day of Yom Kippur.
A press conference was called by Rabbi Moshe Hecht and the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) to address the desecration of the newly inaugurated preschool and synagogue in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood.
The biased two-word graffiti message — which began with the letter “F” and ended with the word “Jews” — was scrawled in permanent marker on Chabad of Windsor Terrace’s sign on Tuesday night.
“This is terrible,” said Rabbi Hecht, who oversees the Synagogue.
“The holiest day of the Jewish calendar is coming up, and this is not the way that we would like to go into the holiday.”
Rabbi Hecht said local residents have been stopping by to show support.
“10 years ago I would believe such a thing would happen, but now, never,” a local store owner said.
Rabbi Hecht says his congregation will not be intimidated by the incident. “Since we moved into this neighborhood about one year ago, our neighbors have shown us outstanding warmth and acceptance. This is a peaceful and tolerant community, and hatred and bigotry will not find a home here.”
A police investigation is still ongoing to catch the perpetrator, who was caught on security camera.