Morrison synagogue vandalized again

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By Ramsey Scott

A synagogue in Morrison has been the site of several acts of vandalism over the past year, the most recent involving Nazi symbols.

On Jan. 4 two backward swastikas were found painted on both sides of the sign for the B'Nai Chaim Temple at 4716 S. Coors St. It was not the first act of vandalism at the Reform Jewish Congregation’s temple that involved a swastika, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

In August, someone carved a 4-inch swastika into the temple’s sign. The carving was small and somewhat difficult to see, according to sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

It is not known if the two acts of vandalism are related to other incidents of vandalism targeting Jewish buildings or using the swastika. A rabbi in Colorado Springs had a menorah vandalized at his home, and a swastika was found on a building in Boulder recently.

B’Nai Chaim has experienced two other acts of vandalism in the past year according to the Sheriff’s Office. In one, someone put condoms on the door handles of the temple and drew several sexual organs with chalk.

The temple is installing security cameras, and the Sheriff’s Office has said it will be patrolling the area.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.