Lower East Side Synagogue Defaced; NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Investigating


Someone defaced a Lower East Side synagogue this past week, scrawling, “KKK” and “F—“ on the facade of First Roumanian American  Congregation/Beth Hachasidim DePolen. The shul, located at 233 East Broadway, is part of the LES’s historic Shtiebel Row.

The hateful markings were discovered late Wednesday evening. It appears the anti-Semitic act took place earlier in the day on Wednesday. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.


On Thursday, a swastika was found on the front of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on West 86th Street. Police do not believe the incidents are related. Yesterday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio tweeted, “If you have information on the defacing of Beth Hachasidim DePolen downtown or Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the UWS, call the NYPD.” He added, “Hate will not be tolerated in New York City.”


If you have information about these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.