Two anti-Semitic flyers were discovered last Sunday morning plastered to the double doors of Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids.
Featured photo courtesy of Temple Emanuel’s Facebook
Last Sunday morning, Rabbi Michael Schadick arrived at Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, Michigan just before Sunday school began, and immediately noticed something hanging on the doors of the synagogue.
Two anti-Semitic flyers were adhered to each side of the synagogue’s double doors. The Jerusalem Post shared photos of the posters, which featured images of Adolf Hitler with the words “Did you forget about me?” A second poster calls for a “crusade against Semite-led subhumans.”
Edie Landman, President of Temple Emanuel, was in disbelief that “such a cowardly act would be done to our temple.”
The synagogue is continuing to hold regular activities which included Sunday School and programming for the Sukkot holiday. Attendance has been as Landman expected for the temple’s seven nights of Sukkot.
The support for Temple Emanuel from the Grand Rapids community has continued to pour in, and Landman is confident this incident will only serve to strengthen the community.
“We have received a number of cards and flowers from total strangers expressing their condolences that we have to deal with such behavior and offering to stand in solidarity with us against hate,” Landman said.
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss demonstrated her support by tweeting, “Standing in solidarity with our Jewish friends and neighbors. And standing united in rejecting these acts of hatred and anti-Semitism.”
In a press release, Cary Fleischer, the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus Grand Rapids chair and member of Temple Emanuel, said, “it is high time that all of us, as Americans, come together and speak out against these acts of hate, which afflict so many of our communities. We must work together to bring kindness and respect for our differences back to our country.”
This incident comes less than a month after David Holden, President of Temple Jacob in Hancock, Michigan found swastikas and Nazi symbols spray-painted on his synagogue.
Back in July, Neo-Nazi flyers were also discovered in both Birmingham and Royal Oak, including one at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.
The Grand Rapids Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency contributed to this story.