Just a week ago, Temple Israel in Long Beach was rededicated after major improvements were made to the synagogue complex at 269 Loma Ave. "Improvements" added last night were not improvements at all but disgusting swastikas and slogans sprayed onto the place for worshipers from greater Long Beach and nearby OC.
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Here is a letter explaining it all to the 500 families-strong reform congregation:
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Congregants have been reacting with words of sadness and solidarity on the temple's Facebook page, which has done a solid job of informing the public about what happened, temporary office changes and what's ahead.
Graffiti that included anti-Semitic words spray painted in red about 2 feet tall on the white front wall was spotted by a passer-by who called police around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The hate-crime investigation continues, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department Violent Crimes Detail at 562.570.7250, Los Angeles Crimestoppers at 800.222.TIPS, by texting TIPLA or visiting lacrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips are accepted.