“We at Temple B’nai Israel condemn all acts of hate, whether it’s against Jews, LGBTQ+ community, or persons of color. Symbols of hate like those we saw spray painted and carved over the weekend at Laconia’s Opechee Point Park have no place in our community. To have this incident occur right as we are celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days, it’s comforting to know we have the support of so many good people here in the Lakes Region, who are not afraid to speak out with us as one strong voice against antisemitism.”

Ira Keltz, President

Vigil of Support for Jewish Community on Sunday, 10-02-22 at 1 PM

Statement from David Stamps, Chair Laconia Human Relations Committee

Acts of hate hurt us, one and all. These actions of painting swastikas, whether by ignorant children or hate-filled persons, are directed at our friends and neighbors in the Jewish Community in a way that conjures undead ghosts of the past.

Historically the swastika was an oft-used symbol of divinity and spirituality by many religions stretching by thousands of years. More recently, it was corrupted by the Nazis and became a symbol of their hatred and anger. Along with their corrupted symbol, the Nazis pursued a philosophy of divide and conquer in their drive for power and control.

We call on the citizens and leadership in Laconia to join the vigil planned for Sunday, October 2nd at 1 pm in Opechee Park. The only way to fight hate is to shine our lights brighter by standing with those being targeted, supporting each other and raising our voices against the darkness.

Everyone is welcome to the Vigil.  Feel free to bring a reading, a prayer, personal words to share, or just come and be present to show support.

Questions about this event may be directed to David Stamps: [email protected]