Rabbi: Community will stand up to fear after ‘act of hate’

Source: IndyStar


The idea that someone fired a round through the window of Evansville’s Jewish temple should be unnerving enough, but Rabbi Gary Mazo said the exact location of where the apparent vandal chose to express their hatred makes it worse.

“Someone had to walk into a children’s playground, then look into a classroom and then fire some sort of weapon. It was to inflict damage, but I think more importantly, (the person) tried to inflict fear,” he said. “We’re in this climate now where acts of hate are happening everywhere.”

Mazo said the temple’s office manager discovered the damage on Monday afternoon and told him about it on Tuesday morning, which is when it was reported to police. Both the Evansville Police Department and the FBI are investigating the incident. Local police ask anyone with information about the incident to call investigators at 812-436-7979 or the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Temple Adath B’Nai is located on the eastern edge of Evansville on Newburgh Road.

Mazo said investigators believe the damage was inflicted by a low-powered weapon, meaning that its unlikely that the incident, in his mind, is anything other than a “cowardly act by a bigot.”

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