A voting event in a Brooklyn synagogue with comedian Ilana Glazer was canceled on Thursday night after anti-Semitic graffiti, including the words "The Jewish Rat," were found on the walls of the temple police and Synagogue officials said.
The vandalism identified by the police as hate crime has shaken local residents in a deeply progressive Brooklyn area. It came last week after the mass shootings in a Pittsburgh synagogue and a series of incidents in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
On Friday afternoon, the police released a photograph of a suspect taken from a surveillance camera inside.
But shortly after 8:00 pm Glazer announced that the event had been canceled because the graffiti written with a black marker had been discovered in various places in the temple built in 1929.
Rabbi Mark Sameth of the Union Temple said he learned of the temple's president. The vandalism was found shortly after the event.
"My first reaction was that it got sick," said Rabbi Sameth. "It would have been annoying under all circumstances, even more so after the terrible tragic events in Pittsburgh."
Police department's "Hate Crime" working group is investigating the incident, police said. Other words written on the walls in the synagogue read: "We're here," "Hitler," "Jew is better prepared," and "It ends now," police said One person police said that she went to a Brooklyn synagogue and wrote anti-Semitic remarks with a marker on the walls. Credit New York Police Department
The graffiti were found on the same day when two swastikas were discovered propped up on a concrete pier near 72nd Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
On Tuesday, several buildings in Brooklyn Heights were blurred with chalk-drawn swastikas, an incident the police also investigate as hate crimes.
Dermot Shea, the head of the detectives, told reporters Wednesday that there has been an increase in "anti-Semitic hate crimes, especially swastikas, on buildings in parts of the city over the past month".
Police Service Statistics, d So far, 142 cases of anti-Semitic graffiti have been reported in the city, compared to 126 reports in 2017. Anti-Semitic incidents account for almost half of the city's 290 hate crimes reported to the police this year.  Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the vandalism on Friday morning on Twitter. "This is the worst kind of hate," Mr. de Blasio wrote, adding, "We will fight anti-Semitism with every fiber of our being, and the NYPD will find the perpetrators of this hate crime and hold them accountable."
 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he asks the Hate Crimes Task Force of the state, which includes the state police and human rights department, to investigate the incident. "The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever pitch and tears the American fabric and must stop, "the governor said.
Rabbi Sameth said he received encouragement calls from" members "on Friday morning non-members, Jews, non-Jews, people in Brooklyn, people outside of Brooklyn."  "There is no doubt that the community supports all the values we support," he said, "and we will get through these very, very schwi erigen times. "
Alison Kelley, who lives in the neighborhood, called the vandalism" terrible ". She said the temple is a focal point of life for people of all backgrounds in Prospect Heights. It is not only a place for Jewish worship, but also for weddings, political forums, concerts, lessons and other events. The building also houses a Jewish preschool, a gymnasium and a German-language school.
"I've been here for 28 years, and they've always worked for the entire community," said Ms. Kelley.