Anti-Semetic Graffiti Found at Solomon Schechter

Nazi images found on softball field at Williston Park Jewish school.

Barely a month after at the in Williston Park, the Solomon Schechter Day School was reportedly the victim of anti-Semitic vandalism on the grounds.

According to information from the , sometime during the weekend of Oct. 8-9, an unknown person or persons went onto the northern softball field and “scratched” into the infield dirt a swastika approximately 3 feet in size, inside a circle. An expletive was also written into the dirt near the Nazi symbol. Returning to school on Monday, Oct. 10, faculty found the hate marks and removed them from the field.

Third Precinct officials say that the investigation is ongoing.

The Cross Street School building does have surveillance cameras on its grounds, but it is not known if any cameras cover the ballfield or have a high enough resolution to identify perpetrators from their mountings on the side of the building.

The private Jewish school moved into the building this school year after with the Mineola School District.

Before signing the lease, numerous community members expressed their concerns about , but the school district made accommodations for teams at .

Calls to Solomon Schechter and the Mineola School District requesting comment were not returned.

UPDATE Oct. 17: In a phone call Monday, Schechter Head of School Dr. Cindy Dolgin said that “I really don’t want the act of a couple of bored teenagers to mar what has been a great start to our time in the community. I think that there are alot of adults in the community that are embarrassed by what was probably an ignorant act by a kid.”

She reported that both Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar and Mineola Board of Ed President Christine Napolitano visited the school last Tuesday to speak with students about the incident. According to Dr. Dolgin, about one-third of the Schechter students are descendants of Holocaust survivors.

“In general our reception in the community has been very warm and positive. I have no way of knowing if this was aimed at a student in our school or at us in particular,” Dr. Dolgin said. “We were easily able to make it disappear but we are not able to make disappear what is in people’s hearts.”

Artie Barnett October 14, 2011 at 03:09 AM
The perpetrators of this cowardly act are now hiding beneath their sheets (intended) wondering if the video is able to identify them. I wonder if they can imagine being labeled, if found out, a bigot for the rest of their lives. Carrying the record of a hate crime perp. Imagine being prejudged. Imagine being shunned. Imagine bearing the "Scarlet Letter". It's likely they have no idea what a swastika represents, it just seems cool and gets people riled up. Years from now this person will look back on this act and hope nobody ever knows who did it. I can only hope that's the case. I know in my heart, this act is not representative of our community. The vast majority will share my dismay over this act. Those who condemn it will put their names to it. Those who support it will remain "under the sheets".
Patricia Navarra October 14, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Solomon Schechter School has joined our community as good neighbors, keeping an orderly schedule, leaving the fields open for neighborhood kids, and patronizing local businesses. And yet their children were greeted by this one morning when they arrived at school. Heartbreaking and sickening, this act does not represent or respect our community, a community which certainly includes Solomon Schechter School. The only outsider is that coward under the sheets to which Mr. Barnett refers.
Patricia Navarra October 14, 2011 at 05:08 PM
And thank you, Christine Napolitano, President of the Mineola School Board, for acting in concert with the community's sentiment by responding immediately, with a visit to the Solomon Schechter principal and a gift of flowers.
Colleen October 16, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Shameful! I have lived in WP for the past 12 years and am surprised by such a vile act. Hopefully the students and faculty at Solomon Schechter realize that this is an act of a lone coward or two and in no way reflects the beliefs of the community.
William Gresalfi October 20, 2011 at 03:13 PM
What can you say very very sad, that this type of antisemitism remains in our society.They may get away with it on you tube ,but not here in Willliston Park or Mineola. I hope the 3rd precinct find the person or persons involved and they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


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