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Residents of Shencrock, N.y., React on Desecrations of Synagogue

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Residents of Shenorock, N.Y. outraged by the second vandalism this week against the Hebrew Congregation in that town, have organized a brotherhood meeting for July 29 at which plans will be considered to create a Somers human relations committee for the area. The synagogue was smeared with swastikas, obscene epithets, and the words “Hitler Forever” and “Nazi Youth of America. ” Six months ago, vandals broke several windows in the synagogue.

The Daily News of Mamaroneck said that the July 29 meeting “typifies the true neighborhood warmth and understanding that prevail more generally in Westchester county than cynics or extremists realize.” The newspaper added that it was “regrettable that it sometimes takes a mean, overt act of intolerance to bring such sensibilities to the surface and to stimulate active pursuit of peace and fellowship” but that, nevertheless, “the immediate response of the community” was a clear rebuff to the “destructive purpose” of the vandals.

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