HATE: Beth Jacob Shul In Irvine, Los Angeles Defaced With Anti-Semitic Graffiti; Swastikas Found in Brooklyn


The building of the Beth Jacob Shul in Irvine, California was vandalized in the late hours of Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to Kim Mohr, a spokesperson for Irvine police.

Mohr said a passerby noticed the “(Expletive) Jews” graffiti at the synagogue, located at 3900 Michelson Dr., on Wednesday morning at around 9 a.m.

Beth Jacob in Irvine released the following statement:

Dear Friends,

I’m very sorry to report that last night Beth Jacob was a target of a cowardly act by an individual who spray-painted an anti-Semitic message on the front wall of our synagogue facing Michelson Drive. The hateful graffiti was discovered by our staff this morning, at which point Irvine Police Department was notified and a full investigation is underway.

Here is what we know so far based on our camera footage. At about 1:18 AM, an individual wearing a hoodie, sunglasses and a surgical facemask jumped our fence at the pedestrian entrance on Michelson Drive. The suspect proceeded towards the wall where the Beth Jacob of Irvine sign is facing the street and began to spray-paint his hateful message. After he was done, the suspect left the premises on a bicycle he apparently stolen from our premises.

The Irvine Police Department and our own security have done a full sweep of the entire facility and nothing was found other than the graffiti.

We are continuing to do everything we can to make our campus more secure, and we will continue to promote the message that we are stronger than hate.


Allen Berezovsky, Rabbi Ciner, Beth Jacob Board of Directors and Our Security Team

In other hate-related news, ABCNY is reporting swastikas and a racial slur were painting onto a building on Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. Tuesday night.

Five other addresses also had similar chalk graffiti.

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