By Rabbi Steven Bayar

By now I am sure many of you are aware of the Swastikas that were drawn in the South Orange area of the South Mountain Reservation. This is not the first time Nazi graffiti has been found in our community. While it is premature to draw any conclusions as to whether this is an isolated incident, given events occurring nationally over the past months it would be irresponsible not to consider it as part of a larger campaign to inspire insecurity and fear in our community.

The security officials I have spoken to in the greater Jewish community suggest that this incident is of local origin, and probably the work of youth because the graffiti was not placed prominently. But that does not make the action less heinous.

CBI has reached out to the Millburn/Short Hills police department and I will be reaching out to members of the clergy association and civic leaders today. We will keep you informed as to any developments in this case and in our ongoing community work.

It is important at this time for us to be vigilant, resolved and calm. We are seeing greater incidents of attacks across the country on many minority groups. We must all be dedicated to work towards keeping the entire community united against hate. United we will stay strong.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

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