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Congregation Shaarei Tefillah (Lara Hausman / Twitter)

This morning, Jewish residents of Gaithersburg, MD, awoke to find the local Conservative synagogue defaced. Congregation Shaare Torah is situated less than an hour from Washington, D.C., and was vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets like “KKK” and “Hitler.”

Police are looking into the incident, which comes in the middle of the Passover holiday, and have reportedly identified a masked vandal on surveillance footage.

Congregants took to social media to express their dismay:

The synagogue and its members are not bowing to the vandals, however, and even as the police investigation is ongoing, will be meeting tonight.





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