Swastikas, anti-Semitic slurs carved in door of Washington’s Sixth & I synagogue
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Swastikas, anti-Semitic slurs carved in door of Washington’s Sixth & I synagogue

‘It is no small irony that it was our doors, symbols of welcoming and inclusivity, onto which someone spewed hatred and bigotry,’ rabbis tells congregants in email

Sixth & I, a nondenominational synagogue, in Washington, DC. (Courtesy of Sixth & I /via JTA)
Sixth & I, a nondenominational synagogue, in Washington, DC. (Courtesy of Sixth & I /via JTA)

The Sixth & I synagogue in downtown Washington, D.C., was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Michelle Eider, the synagogue’s communications manager, said the vandalism contained swastikas and anti-Semitic language and was discovered on Monday morning.

In an email to congregants, the synagogue’s three rabbis said the damage was minimal and would be quickly fixed.

“In these moments, it’s important to remember that it is not a shame but an honor to be a Jew,” said the email. “It is no small irony that it was our doors, symbols of welcoming and inclusivity, onto which someone spewed hatred and bigotry.”

In addition to hosting services and Jewish programming, the non-denominational synagogue hosts events featuring well-known entertainers, thinkers, writers and politicians.

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