FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 5, 2018
CONTACT: Lauren Silverman, West End Strategy Team
LSilverman@westendstrategy.com; Office: (212) 498-9300; Cell: (917) 603-6433
NEW YORK–The JCC of Northern Virginia in Fairfax was vandalized early Saturday morning by someone who defaced the building, painting 19 swastikas along its façade. The criminal use of this symbol of the murderous regime of Nazi Germany—the emblem of the most vicious and savage attempt to annihilate the Jewish people in history—was discovered by employees opening the building at 7 a.m. Security camera footage captures a suspect on film, and law enforcement was immediately notified.
“We condemn this abhorrent act, committed against a beloved Jewish community institution, one that proudly opens its door to members of the community of all faiths,” says Doron Krakow, president and CEO of JCC Association of North America.
“We are grateful for the seriousness with which local law enforcement has responded and know they will work hard to bring the perpetrator to justice. We applaud the leadership of the JCC and its exemplary efforts to remove these despicable symbols and return quickly to the business of serving the community.”
This is the second time in 18 months that the JCC has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.
ABOUT JCC ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA:
JCC Association of North America strengthens and leads JCCs, YM-YWHAs and camps throughout North America. As the convening organization, JCC Association partners with JCCs to bring together the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement. JCC Association offers services and resources to increase the effectiveness of JCCs as they provide community engagement and educational, cultural, social, recreational, and Jewish identity building programs to enhance Jewish life throughout North America. By supporting the 25,000 Jewish communal professionals who connect with two million JCC participants each year—JCC Association encourages engaged lives of purpose and meaning.