Long Island Community Confronts Symbols of Hate

| July 17, 2009

When attorney Michael Soshnick saw the two four-foot-tall swastikas emblazoned in bright orange on the front doors of Congregation Beth Sholom Chabad in Mineola, N.Y., the day before Independence Day, he was both hurt and outraged. The dignified façade of the shul that he had attended for the past 30 years had been desecrated, and he felt the violation acutely.

What Soshnick saw that day was “a very painful sight, something that instills a lot of emotions ranging from anger to profound sadness.”

Rabbi Anchelle Perl, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mineola and spiritual leader of the synagogue, found out about the vandalism when a member of the cleaning crew called to tell him that she had seen strange symbols painted on the doors.



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