Residents of a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas, were recently reminded that hatred toward Jews isn’t confined to Europe. It rears its ugly head far too often at home in America.
More than 30 homes and cars were spray-painted sometime after midnight on the morning of August 12, 2015 with swastikas, Ku Klux Klan references, and other antisemitic graffiti.
At the corner of Sholom Drive and Sholom Place, the epicenter of the rampage, sits Congregation Rodfei Sholom. This Orthodox synagogue is the spiritual home for more than 300 families, led by Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg. When news surfaced that Scheinberg’s community was the target of antisemitism, the rabbi immediately received a visit from one of his closest friends.
“As soon as I heard this had happened,” recalled Pastor John Hagee, “my wife and I came down immediately to express our solidarity with the rabbi, with his congregation and the Jewish community of San Antonio. I want to say to all of the Christians in America, we stand with the Jewish people. An attack against this synagogue is an attack against Christians everywhere. If a line has to be drawn, draw it around both Christians and Jews. We are united.”