Vandals painted swastikas, anti-Semitic slogans and foul language on the exterior walls of one of San Diego’s largest synagogues, police said.
Members of Tifereth Israel Synagogue spent Sunday morning erasing the graffiti with blasts of water and paint.
“This congregation has a great many survivors of the Nazi Holocaust,” said Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal. “I can only imagine what their thoughts would be if they came and saw this kind of desecration on their house of worship.”
Groundskeepers noticed the vandalism early Sunday when they showed up to work. Police believe that the vandals attacked late Saturday night. Two other synagogues reported finding anti-Semitic leaflets in their neighborhoods over the weekend. The incidents are probably related, said police Officer Jerry Mills.
The Anti-Defamation League offered a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the graffiti at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue.