Raleigh Jewish community finds anti-Semitic flyers in bags.

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While walking through their Raleigh neighborhood on Sabbath last week, Rabbi Eric Solomon of the Beth Meyer Synagogue and his teenage daughter found a strange plastic bag filled with a handful of rice and a piece of paper. .

Solomon later discovered that the newspaper was one of many hateful anti-Semitic flyers strewn around his neighborhood last week.

At least four different flyers were found in the neighborhood with many Jewish residents. They displayed what the rabbi described as “Holocaust imagery” alongside a list of political figures of Jewish descent.

“It was shocking,” he said. “Deeply moving.”

Solomon said some neighbors brought similar flyers to his door after finding them at the foot of their driveways.

“My impression was that it was intentional,” Solomon said.

Law enforcement has been “very friendly and very helpful” throughout this case, the rabbi said.

However, according to spokesperson Lt. Jason Borneo, the Raleigh Police Department is no longer actively seeking the flyers.

“These cases have been investigated but are no longer active cases as they have not reached the level of a crime,” Borneo said. “However, we understand community concerns about these types of incidents and encourage people to contact the Raleigh Police Department when these events occur.”

Solomon said flyers remained a concern.

“The flyers imply a kind of violence for them, he explained. “What starts with language leads to violence and real threats.”

For a religious congregation that includes Holocaust survivors and their descendants, this imagery is particularly troubling. It “resonates in the soul” of Solomon’s congregation, he said, as anti-Semitic violence escalates across the country.

Solomon said he struggled to understand why the Jewish community must continually defend its existence in a country he loves dearly.

“When will the day come when we no longer have to play this role?” He asked.

Although the neighborhoods of Raleigh and Solomon are welcoming communities, these flyers show that hate exists in even the safest communities, Solomon said.

“It’s a painful thing to have to look to your child in 2022 and explain anti-Semitic lies that have been so prevalent for so long,” he said.

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Colleen Hammond is a recent graduate of Duquesne University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She previously covered breaking news, local government, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial issues for the Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

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