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Carmel Synagogue Vandalized With Nazi Graffiti

Vandalism at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel (Photo courtesy: Indianapolis JCRC)

Police are searching for whoever spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti at a suburban Indianapolis synagogue.

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel says the vandalism was done early Saturday to the bricks making up a shed for the synagogue’s garbage container. Images posed online show a large Nazi flag among the symbols.

The synagogue said its Saturday services weren’t affected.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on Sunday condemned the vandalism and said the city’s police department was seeking to apprehend those responsible.

Governor Eric Holcomb says he has been in touch with the State Police Superintendent to make sure state police are assisting the Carmel Police Department and the FBI.

“The cowards responsible for these crimes always hide from public scrutiny precisely because they know their actions will be soundly rejected by their neighbors and are not consistent with who we are as a society,” Holcomb said in a statement. “We will work to help find those responsible and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council says it has been in contact with police agencies and area synagogues to ensure necessary steps were being taken to further secure their facilities.

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