Rally supports vandalized N.Y. synagogue


An interfaith crowd rallied at a suburban New York synagogue that was vandalized.


The Mohegan Park Jewish Center in Westchester County sustained thousands of dollars in damage April 10 when vandals destroyed a Torah scroll, a menorah and yarzeit plaques, and painted a swastika on a wall.


At the rally Sunday, leaders of area synagogues, churches and mosques, as well as local government officials, spoke out against the crime, the Lower Hudson Valley Journal-News reported.


“This is not just an attack on the Jewish community but people of all faith,” said Zia Ramadan, a leader of a local mosque. “We stand together to bring mutual understanding and religious sensitivity to this intolerable act.”

Three teenaged girls have been arrested in the case. Two suspects, 18 and 17, are being held in jail without bail. A 15-year-old was released to her parents.

Police have not yet labeled the vandalism a hate crime.

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