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Chicago synagogue, businesses vandalized over weekend

The vandalism occurred at various locations over the weekend. @CWBChicago is reporting a suspect is in custody and being questioned.

The FREE Synangogue and Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School (pictured) on the city's northwest side were vandalized over the weekend with antisemitic graffiti. Officials also say a grocery store and bakery saw damages.

Update: CWBChicago is reporting a suspect is in custody.[1]


CHICAGO (AP) — A synagogue and an affiliated Jewish school in Chicago were vandalized over the weekend with swastika images and antisemitic graffiti, officials said.



The incidents occurred Sunday at the FREE Synagogue and Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School.

“We’ll get through it,” Rabbi Levi Notik told WFLD-TV.[2] “I want to thank law enforcement, they did a tremendous job. They were here very quick, had detectives here in minutes."

Vandalism also occurred at a synagogue in Lincolnwood, WMAQ-TV reported.[3]

A Jewish group, the Concerned Citizens League, said windows were broken Saturday at a Chicago bakery and a Kosher food store.

“No official pronouncement has been made on a possible motive, but these have all the hallmarks of hate-based crimes,” said Debra Silverstein, a member of the Chicago City Council.

Police in Chicago were investigating.


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Notes & References


  1. CWBChicago. “Suspect in Custody after Man Is Tackled, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Is Sprayed on North Side Institutions, Officials Say.” CWB Chicago, January 31, 2022. https://cwbchicago.com/2022/01/suspect-in-custody-after-mans-tackled-anti-semitic-graffiti-is-sprayed-on-north-side-institutions-officials-say.html. ↩︎

  2. Rodgers, Nate. “Chicago Synagogues and Jewish School Vandalized; Group Says Other Jewish Businesses Were Targeted.” FOX 32 Chicago. FOX 32 Chicago, January 31, 2022. https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/chicago-synagogue-and-jewish-school-vandalized-and-group-says-other-jewish-locations-were-targeted. ↩︎

  3. NBC Chicago. “Synagogues Vandalized and Damaged Hours Apart in West Rogers Park, Lincolnwood.” NBC Chicago. NBC Chicago, January 31, 2022. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/synagogues-vandalized-hours-apart-in-west-rogers-park/2743465/. ↩︎

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