Graffiti spray-painted on monument near Madison synagogue

 

September 21, 2017

MADISON - Madison police are investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti including swastikas was spray-pained on a monument near a historic synagogue.

The graffiti was discovered Wednesday morning on a monument next to the Gates of Heaven Synagogue building in James Madison Park in Madison.

Executive director Dawn Berney of Jewish Social Services of Madison says she's "horrified," but adds that "xenophobia is everywhere, even in Madison."

Berney tells the Wisconsin State Journal the graffiti was particularly disturbing because Wednesday is the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. The graffiti has since been cleaned off.

Both Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, whose district includes Madison, condemned the attack.

The Gates of Heaven Synagogue was built in 1863 and served Madison's first Jewish congregation.


Associated Press