Vandalism of Maryland synagogue captured on camera


(JTA) — A synagogue in Rockville, Maryland, was vandalized with spray-painted swastikas and hate messages.

A surveillance camera captured the attack on the Tikvat Israel Congregation building, which took place early Saturday morning.

The 1 minute, 19 second recording shows a man pulling up to the building in the synagogue’s parking lot, emerging from his car and spray-painting the side of the building. Police have distributed the video in the hope that someone will recognize the vandal.

Local reports did not specify what the spray-painted messages said. The graffiti was removed on Sunday. Neighbors later taped a message on the synagogue door that read “You R Loved,” Montgomery Community Media reported Wednesday.

The synagogue has been closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

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