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Utah Synagogue Vandalized With Swastika

Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Salt Lake City. Yesterday, as members of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah were arriving at their synagogue for Sunday services, they found a swastika carved into the glass on the front door. The rabbi of the synagogue, Benny Zippel, said that “we have failed again as humanity,” according to FOX 13. He added he doesn’t believe this act of “antisemitism and bigotry” has anything to do with the ongoing political struggles in Israel.

 

The vandalism comes on the eve of the Jewish holiday Shavuot, which Zippel says commemorates “the giving of the 10 commandments at Sinai 3,333 years ago.”

 

Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted his support to the members of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, stating he stands with the Jewish community “in condemning acts of hate and intimidation.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!