Seattle synagogues defaced with swastikas

Sept. 14, 2009 at 1:41 PM

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Seattle police say unidentified individuals spray painted red swastikas on the walls of two local synagogues.

The Seattle Times said Monday the weekend acts of vandalism in Seattle's Seward Park neighborhood left synagogue members upset and trying to determine a proper response.

"That makes this especially upsetting and disheartening to people," said Rabbi Moshe Kletenik, whose Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath synagogue was targeted along with the Sephardic Bikur Holim synagogue.

"We have a choice: Do we take this as just another attack and feel like we're victims or do we choose to see it as a spiritual wake-up call?" Sarah Rivkin, a member of the synagogue, asked.

Rivkin told the Times members of the two targeted synagogues were likely inside when the vandals struck Saturday night or early Sunday.

Rivkin said she and fellow members had been preparing for Friday's start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

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