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Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C.

The historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti on Friday.

“While the damage to the building is minimal and will be fixed quickly, events like this can throw even the toughest person into a tailspin,” said Sixth & I Rabbis Shira Stutman, Aaron Potek and Jesse Paikin in an email to community members on Monday. “Given the current climate, we unfortunately are not surprised by this happening.”

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The vandalism included swastikas written in red ink on a staircase and the word “JEW” etched onto a door, reported The Washington Post.

The Washington, D.C., police department is investigating the graffiti, according to the outlet.

“In these moments, it’s important to remember that it is not a shame but an honor to be a Jew … ,” said the rabbis. “We can and will respond to this hateful act with open doors, in resilience and spirit, living Jewish lives of joy, optimism and pride.”

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