In response to an incident that occurred in Lima’s Jewish community late this past week, the congregation of Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek would like us to share the following statement with our communities.

A statement from Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek:

Our congregation of Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek first and foremost wishes to thank all of our friends, family, and neighbors who have reached out to us in response to the vandalization of our synagogue. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. While we have been advised not to discuss it for the time being, we are grateful to the local and federal authorities who have made it their priority to assist us in this trying time.

As we come together as a community to address this disturbing act, we ask for privacy while we process what has taken place. We wish for our next steps forward to be confident as we continue to ensure our community’s safety.

The outpouring of support makes it clear to us that Jews do indeed have a home in Lima, and we can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support.

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