Dear Friends,

Last night around 9:00 p.m., someone painted a swastika on the outside wall of our synagogue. The Long Beach Police responded in a timely manner and contacted both Eric Shatzkin and Rabbi Moskowitz. This morning, after the police had concluded their on-site investigation, the graffiti was quickly cleaned off the wall.

While it is sad that such acts occur, we were very heartened by the many expressions of support by our neighbors and friends this morning and throughout the day. We also received this morning an email of support from our friends at the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ). We know that the voices of justice and love are far greater and stronger than those of hate and division, and we are proud to bear the prophetic words on the top of our building which unite us all in one human family: "My house shall be a house of prayer for all people."

Amy Lipeles, President
Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
Eric Shatzkin, Executive Director