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A Star of David and the word “Jude” was found etched onto the front door of Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice over the weekend.

Rabbi Gabriel Botnick told the Journal in a phone interview that he received a voicemail from the police on Aug. 10 saying that a passerby had seen an unidentified person earlier in the day carve the marking onto the shul. Botnick saw the marking on the morning of Aug. 12.

“It’s somewhat typical in [Nazi] Germany and what people would do to Jewish businesses,” Botnick said, adding that this was the first time an act of anti-Semitism has occurred at Temple Mishkon Tephilo.

“Seeing ‘Jude’ written on there as clearly a neo-Nazi-type term… that was very upsetting to me,” Botnick said. “That’s not anything I’ve ever encountered in this neighborhood.”

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