Police Investigate Hate Crime Outside Boise Synagogue

| June 15, 2011

A hate crime disrupted the serenity of Sabbath prayers at the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Center of Boise, but members of the local Jewish community said the Saturday discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti would not hamper efforts at strengthening Jewish life in the Idaho capital.

Investigators believe the hateful screed – spray-painted in red across the center’s façade – was left there either late Friday night or Saturday morning. A couple of community members discovered the message while they waited for Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz to open the center for prayer services.

“It kind of blew me away,” said Steven Samuel, one of the first to see the graffiti when he arrived at 9:30 a.m.

“You really can’t take it in, it’s unbelievable,” added the S. Francisco native. “I’ve never seen anything like that here.”



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