State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today issued the following statement in response to reports that vandals recently defaced Lorain’s Agudath B’nai Israel (ABI) Synagogue with a swastika and hate speech:  

“I was shocked and dismayed to hear of the recent act of vandalism against Agudath B’nai Israel in Lorain. These disgusting, hateful and ignorant actions are not in any way reflective of our community’s values. 

“This type of senseless anti-Semitism should rightfully be condemned by all reasonable, thinking people, and I do so today. I am disgusted, and frankly embarrassed, that this has come to our town – but I am heartened by the outpouring of support for ABI by the vast majority of the Lorain community. 

“I grew up in the same neighborhood as ABI and have always felt welcomed there by my neighbors and friends. ABI has been a part of Lorain for over a century and I know it will continue to be a vital thread in the fabric of our community for many years to come. I stand with Agudath B’Nai Israel.”

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