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Billboards Erected With Peaceful Message After Vandalism Of Indiana Synagogue

(JTA) — Billboards were erected in support of an Indiana synagogue that was targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti.

The billboard’s message is “LOVE” with a Star of David inside the “O.”

“We wanted to do something,” Chris Iverson, vice president and general manager of Lamar Advertising, told WISH-TV. “We just wanted to put a positive message out there. We just thought, what’s more positive than love.”

Four billboards, which are also supported by Outfront Media and Fairway Outdoor Advertising, went up Tuesday along two major highways near Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis.

Another 12 digital billboards with the same message are found throughout the state, according to the report.

A black swastika surrounded by a red background and the German and Nazi Military Iron Cross were painted Saturday morning on a wall at Shaarey Tefilla, a Conservative synagogue near Indianapolis with 200-member families.

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said he was “sickened and appalled” by the vandalism in his home state, where he served as a congressman for 12 years and governor for four years.

Hundreds attended a community solidarity gathering at the synagogue on Monday night.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched on Tuesday to help the synagogue clean up the damage and increase security.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


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