Synagogue vandalized in Colorado Springs neighborhood – KKTV 11 News

Posted By on August 5, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A local synagogue was vandalized with messages of hate and anti-Semitism Thursday night. It happened at Temple Beit Torah, near Wahsatch and Monroe Street just north of downtown Colorado Springs.

Friday morning, neighbors near the synagogue, noticed some of their cars and homes had been spray painted overnight.

When Daniel Bushman saw this, he had to do something.

"This is a great neighborhood, all the neighbors look out for each other. There's always kids playing around, kids going to the park, and it's just ridiculous that somebody has to come around and put nonsense up like that. I just was trying to get rid of it, I didn't want it to be there, plus they have service today. I didn't want them to come in and see all of that it's just gross, Bushman.

Bushman tells 11 News he used paint thinner to try and scrub it off for almost an hour.

"In this day and age you have to hark back to the Nazi era for that kind of thing. In the grand scheme of things it may not seem big but it's big to us, the temples Administrator Laura Gross said.

Colorados Anti-Defamation League or ADL says in 2014, they had reports of about 10 incidents. In 2017 so far, they've already seen more than 60.

ADL says, The presidential election and heightened political atmosphere played a role in the increase.

If you have any information on who may have vandalized the synagogue, call CSPD at (719) 444-7000.

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