Spray-painted swastika (illustrative). (photo credit:REUTERS)


A Jewish cemetery in the New York State town of Warwick was desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti on Sunday, the local Times Herald-Record reported.

The graffiti spray-painted onto the stone wall surrounding the cemetery portrayed swastikas, the words  “Heil Hitler” and the letters “SS.”

The local Temple Beth Shalom’s 70 year old congregation was heartbroken and upset over the vandalism of their property.

Beth Shalom’s President Jon Gottlieb told the Herald-Record that local police called late Sunday and alerted him of the damage.

The Temple’s Rabbi of 11 years, Rebecca Shinder, said the attacks on the cemetery were “intensely personal,” and that she had “never, ever experienced this before, here or anywhere else in our community.”

“I promise you, Kol Nidre will not be the same this year,” she said, as the attack came just days before Yom Kippur.

Local police are investigating but could not be reached by the paper for comment.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post