N.J. Synagogue Suffers anti-Semitic Attack on First Night of Hanukkah

According to NBC and CBS News, attack is second such incident in fortnight.

A Conservative synagogue in N.J. was vandalized Tuesday night, coinciding with the first night of Hanukkah, according to reports by NBC and CBS news.

According to NBC, Swastikas were scrawled on the front door and west side of Temple Beth El synagogue in Hackensack, along with four marks of white supremacy.

Archive: A man removing a spray-painted swastika from the gate of a Jewish cemetery.

In addition, the phrase, “Jews did 9/11” was sprayed on the sidewalk leading to the building, NBC reported.

"We believe that it is more than a coincidence coming on the heels of the first night of Hanukkah," Hackensack Police Captain Thomas Salcedo reportedly told NBC. "We have increased patrols through Hanukkah and beyond, patrols in cars and on foot-hourly checks."

Salcedo reportedly likened this incident to a December 10 attack in nearby Maywood, where swastikas and the phrase “Jews did 9/11” were spray-painted on the temple’s premises.

Temple Beth El President Mark Zettler rebuked those capable of committing the anti-Semitic act during Hanukkah, said CBS. “It’s shameful and senseless and that as Jews we are often singled out for things in a way that is completely undeserving,” he reportedly said.

The Anti-Defamation League also condemned the attack, referring to it as the second such episode in Bergen County in the past two weeks.

Zettler hoped the incident would not deter members of the Jewish community from attending services throughout the holiday, saying this would mean victory for the vandals, reported CBS.

NBC said police investigations into the incident are ongoing.