Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted on NE Philly Synagogue

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    Philadelphia Police are investigating the vandalism of a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti.

    Swastikas were spray-painted onto the brick facade of the Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezreth, at Buselton Avenue and Oakmont Street in the Rhawnhurst section of the city, sometime Monday morning, congregation officials said.

    Stanley Smuckler, the congregation's Ritual Chairman, tells the racist marks were discovered as people left morning worship.

    "You wonder why there's still the existence of hatred in this society and people should be understanding...but unfortunately that doesn't exist," he said.

    Smuckler said three months before a window was smashed with a rock. That window remains boarded up.

    The graffiti was removed by Monday evening.

    Philadelphia Police are investigating the incident and Smuckler said they hope video from newly installed surveillance cameras can provide some clues as to who may be to blame.