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Anti-Semitic attacks target Brooklyn’s Union Temple

November 2, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The epidemic of anti-Semitic incidents in the wake of the Pittsburgh tragedy continued when a political event at the Union Temple in Prospect Heights was canceled Thursday night after anti-Semitic graffiti was found inside the temple.

The graffiti included “Die Jew Rats,” “Jews Better Be Ready” and “Hitler,” according to Channel 4 New York News. The event, which was canceled after the graffiti was discovered, was scheduled to feature comedienne Ilana Glazer as moderator; Democratic state Senate candidates Andrew Gounardes (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Jim Gaughran (Huntington-Oyster Bay); and radio-TV journalist Amy Goodman.

Brooklyn neighborhoods have increasingly been the targets of anti-Semitic attacks in recent weeks, Channel 4 New York News reported. Last month, a man was charged with assault as a hate crime after the beating of a Jewish man in Borough Park, and earlier last week swastikas were found on buildings on a Brooklyn Heights street.

“Hate speech and anti-Semitic graffiti have no place in New York state,” Gounardes said. “I am outraged that cowards would make threats and deface property to spread their hate.”

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The Union Temple of Brooklyn, a stone’s throw from Grand Army Plaza, was founded in 1921 as a merger between two historic German-Jewish Reform congregations.

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