Symbols of hate tarnished a Gaithersburg synagogue during one of the holiest weeks of the Jewish calendar.
Congregation members at Shaare Torah synagogue found swastikas and vulgar words painted on the building Tuesday morning and spent the day removing the hateful vandalism.
“When my wife called me and told me what happened, I was speechless. I started to cry, I mean I just didn’t know what to think, what to do. This is our synagogue that somebody came and defaced,” said congregation member Michael Weisel.
Surveillance video released by police shows a vandal spray-painting the swastikas and profanity while wearing a mask made popular by the “Scream” movies.
Police had not made an arrest in the case as of Tuesday evening as the congregation held a service inside their synagogue.