B’nai Jeshurun Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism of Neighboring Church

Sunday, August 27, 2017 

Last week, a swastika was drawn on a wall of St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side, which has hosted B’nai Jeshurun since 1991.

In response, B’nai Jeshurun Rabbi Roly Matalon issued the following statement:

“We were deeply troubled to witness this symbol of hate on the walls of St. Paul and St. Andrew. We draw strength from our community at B’nai Jeshurun and from our remarkable partnership with SPSA.

“Just last week, B’nai Jeshurun joined an interfaith gathering of more than 70 organizations, and hundreds of people from across New York City at a gathering of solidarity, hope and action, where together, we pledged our commitment to combating hatred. We will continue to draw strength from one another and our shared values of understanding, acceptance, and respect, and from our commitment to vigorously oppose bigotry. We refuse to be intimidated, and we refuse to stop our fight against hatred and injustice.”