Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Woodbridge police investigating after swastika found at Jewish Community Center 

 Police are investigating after a swastika was found painted on the sidewalk outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, Sgt. A.J. Cappiello said Wednesday.

Officials with the center said a swastika was found "spray painted on the sidewalk near the pool entry door on the side of the building" last week. No other graffiti was found, they said.

"The Woodbridge police were called and immediately responded and have opened a case file. The FBI, ADL and Secure Communities Network have all be notified and are closely monitoring the situation. We have received no threats but are taking this time to remind our staff to be attentive," JCC President Jeff Sklarz and JCC Executive Director Scott Cohen said in a statement on the organization's website.

"We are confident in our security protocols and our strong relationships with local law enforcement, who have reiterated their support for our mission, members, and community."

Sklarz and Cohen asked JCC members and visitors to report any suspicious activity around the building.

Judy Alperin, chief executive officer of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, said the center had not experienced a direct attack like this since her tenure began in 2016, although they received telephonic threats in 2017.

"However, we continue to monitor rising incidents of anti-Semitism in Connecticut, the US and throughout the world," said Alperin.

Cappiello said the department was continuing to investigate the incident Wednesday . No additional information was available, he said.


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