NEW HAVEN — Area synagogues and Jewish community agencies are on security alert after graffiti in a Yale University chemistry building threatened arson at Yale’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life later this month.
The graffiti was discovered April 22 in a bathroom at the Sterling Chemistry Lab at 225 Prospect St. Although the university would not release details of the graffiti, those with information about it said it referenced both the Slifka Center and the date May 16. It also appeared to threaten arson.
May 16 is the second day of Shavuot, a Jewish holiday.
“Whether knowingly or unknowingly chosen for that day, it makes people very uncomfortable,” said Sydney Perry, chief executive officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.
“Wherever and whenever terror threatens, in Boston or Oak Creek or elsewhere, it disturbs our sense of security and discomforts us so that we question our desire to have open and welcoming communities,” Perry said. “The Slifka Center, it’s not just a center for Jewish life. It provides a welcoming atmosphere for the entire community to come.”
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Yale Vice President Linda Koch Lorimer said Yale police began an investigation immediately after the graffiti was found. Campus police contacted both New Haven police and the FBI.
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