LANSING, N.Y. — A solidarity sabbath service will be held Friday night in Lansing in response to recent findings of anti-Semitic graffiti at a local playground.
Earlier this week, police investigated graffiti found in Ludlowville Park – the drawings included a defaced Star of David scratched into the slide, along with two nazi symbols found on the jungle gym ceiling with the phrase “F— Jews” written below.
The graffiti was reported on the New York State hate crime hotline, and is still under investigation by state police. Law enforcement officials say punishment for a crime of this nature could range between a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge to a felony-level hate crime.
Ed LaVigne, Lansing town supervisor, said that this was an action which would not be tolerated.
“The main thing that we have here is a situation that has caused some concern – any time you have “anti” it doesn’t go well with communities that are inclusive,” he said.
Four years ago, he said “offensive” graffiti was also found in Myers Park in Lansing.
LaVigne said this was not a “one-and-done” incident and he want people to know that the incident is being investigated.
“I reach out to them with my heart to say it’s not acceptable,” he said.
Councilwoman Irene Weiser, sent out an e-mail on Thursday announcing the sabbath service on Friday and said the incident “deserves a response, and it must not be met with silence.”
The service will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ithaca Reform Temple, Congregation Tikkun v’Or at 2550 Triphammer Rd.