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Jewish seminary vandalized with swastika

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jewish seminary in Cincinnati, has been vandalized with swastika graffiti in the last 24 hours.

A police report has been filed and the graffiti was subsequently removed.

Rabbi Johnathan Cohen, the dean of the school, issued a statement this afternoon:

“A minor anti-Semitic action occurred on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College this morning when a swastika was spray-painted on the HUC sign at the entrance to the Clifton Avenue campus,” Cohen said. “While only a minor act of vandalism, we are grateful for the immediate support of the Cincinnati police and many friends and neighbors in the Jewish and general communities. For more than 140 years HUC-JIR has been committed to being the liberal, open and welcoming center of Jewish life and education. We call on supporters and neighbors to increase their commitment to tolerance and respect among members of all faiths”

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley described the incident as an”act of hate” continuing to say “I am deeply offended and disturbed by these actions…the City is committed to using all of our resources to bring these criminals to justice. As we work to build a more welcoming and inclusive City, we will not stand for this intimidation”.