Community sends support to Va. Jewish center after swastika vandalism

Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia) (Courtesy Jewish Community Center)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia) (Courtesy Jewish Community Center)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia) (Courtesy Jewish Community Center)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia) (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in  Fairfax, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Fairfax, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Fairfax, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Flowers are being delivered to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Flowers are being delivered to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Fairfax, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Surveillance video captured a suspect spray painting the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Police)
Surveillance video captured a suspect spray painting the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Police) (Courtesy Fairfax County Police )
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Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Swastikas were found spray-painted on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax over the weekend. Since then, community members and neighboring churches have stopped by to show their support. (Courtesy Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Messages of support were left on the sidewalk in front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Flowers are being delivered to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Annandale, two days after swastikas were spray-painted on the building. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Surveillance video captured a suspect spray painting the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Police)

WASHINGTON — Two days after swastikas were spray-painted on a Jewish community center in Northern Virginia, support from the community continues to pour in.

Members of the community and neighboring churches have stopped by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, in Fairfax, to leave drawings on the sidewalk showing love and support, as well as sending flowers and emails. David Yaffe, president of the board of directors of the community center, said the gestures of unity have been overwhelming.

“For the last two days, we’ve received calls at the front desk, emails — some of our elected officials came by on Saturday,” Yaffe said.

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, 19 swastikas were spray-painted across the front of the center. Surveillance footage captured the perpetrator in action.

Since the incident, Yaffe said, the vandalism has brought the community together and made the JCC stronger.

“We are going to redouble our efforts of outreach to the community,” he said.

The Fairfax County police are still investigating the incident, but Yaffe is calling on the suspect to own up to his actions: “We hope that he will turn himself in.”


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