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Spokane synagogue will hold service in aftermath of suspected hate crime

In the wake of a police investigation into the painting of a swastika on the wall of Temple Beth Shalom last weekend, the congregation is opening its doors to the community for a special service at 6 p.m. Friday. “We’re inviting the community to join us to show solidarity,” said Rabbi Tamar Malino. The swastika was discovered during Saturday’s service for Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The Spokane Police Department is treating the incident as a hate crime, said police spokeswoman Monique Cotton. The investigation is ongoing. On Monday the Spokane Human Rights Commission released a statement deploring the incident. “This act also represents an offense against the values that we cherish: acceptance and mutual respect,” the statement said. “It is in times like these that we must all make a pledge to uphold these values, educate ourselves and stand against intolerance and prejudice in our community.” Temple Beth Shalom is located at 1322 E. 30th Avenue.