Vandalism

Hartford Jewish Cemeteries Vandalized

Hartford Jewish Cemeteries Vandalized

Sixty monuments in three of the city's oldest Jewish cemeteries near Garden Street were knocked over sometime this week, police said Friday.

There was no evidence that this was a hate crime, because no anti-Semitic phrases or symbols were found at the cemeteries, which are on FD Oates Avenue in the city's North End.

"It appears to be a random desecration, a cowardly act of vandalism," Howard Sovronsky, head of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, said Friday afternoon.

Some of the toppled headstones broke, Sovronsky said, and the cost of repairing the damage on what he called "legacy cemeteries" is still being calculated. The federation helps...

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