The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) were troubled to learn that the Washington Hebrew Congregation's D.C. building was vandalized with anti-Israel and hate-filled messages. Federation and the JCRC are in close contact with our partners at the Secure Community Network and have been informed that at the present time there is no immediate or direct threat to our community, as a result of this disturbing incident. The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. will also be conducting a full investigation. Please continue to follow all your routine security procedures and policies. If you see something, say something.
As we enter Shabbat and the final days of our Fall holidays, let us remember that although we cannot outlaw hate, we must and will continue to send a strong message to the community that these hateful expressions will not be tolerated. We must continue to come together as a community to reject hate in all of its forms. Federation and the JCRC remain committed to ensuring that our synagogues and other area institutions are safe and open to all who wish to gather for worship and celebration. We wish our entire community a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.