Gathering planned to show support for local Jewish community after Nazi flag vandalism discovered on property


The community is invited to show support for Congregation Shaarey Tefilla after spray-painted anti-Semitic symbols were discovered on synagogue property.

A community solidarity gathering is set for 6 p.m. July 30 at the synagogue, 3085 W. 116th Street in Carmel.

The large Nazi flags were spray painted July 28 on a brick structure that encloses trash containers. The Carmel Police Dept. is investigating the incident.

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla issued a press release thanking the community for its outpouring of support after the discovery.

“Intolerance, hatred and violent acts against Jews are significant realities today,” stated Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow in the press release. “The response to this heinous act affirms that America is collectively outraged at these hateful acts in our neighborhoods.”

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard issued a statement condemning the vandalism.

“There is no place for this kind of hatred in Carmel and it does not reflect the respectful and welcoming nature of the vast majority of our residents who come from many different cultural and faith backgrounds,” he stated.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also weighed in.

“The cowards responsible for these crimes always hide from public scrutiny precisely because they know their actions will be soundly rejected by their neighbors and are not consistent with who we are as a society,” he stated in a press release. “We will work to help find those responsible

and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Indiana State Police have offered to fully assist CPD and the FBI in the investigation.