SEATTLE – After the hateful message “Holocaust is Fake History” was spray-painted on the outside of Temple de Hirsch Sinai in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle, the local Jewish community remained clear on its message: Don’t be afraid, don’t be intimidated, and don’t stop practicing your faith.
“I’m puzzled by people like this and why they would chose to target our community,” said President of Temple de Hirsch Sinai Don Loeb.
Seattle’s Temple de Hirsch Sinai is the latest in a statewide and nationwide string of attacks targeting the Jewish community. Loeb say it’s the opposite of what he believes.
“We are very much grounded in the golden rule that do not do to others in which you find objectionable,” said Loeb.
But in this imperfect world, those in this resilient faith gather for Rock Shabbat.
“It was important that we show up tonight and show solidarity with our temple, our community and out rabbis,” said Meredith Goldstein.
Goldstein and Karen Lucero came to the temple from Kirkland with their families to show they won’t be silenced and they will not hide.
“My daughter who is 15 years old essentially just broke down in tears and I said I understand you feel that way but we’re going to go to temple tonight and we’re going to be with our community,” said Lucero.
It’s a community full of strength to turn the other cheek and enjoy all that life has to offer despite the lingering hatred.
“This is what we do, this is our place of worship and we’re not going to let one outlier discourage us,” said Loeb.
Loeb says after 9/11, the temple hired security. But now it has even more after recent incidents.