A “unity vigil” targeting hate was held Sunday afternoon in the town’s historic square, one week after a diner elsewhere in Sussex County was defaced with anti-Semitic messages.
The 3 p.m. vigil lasted for nearly 90 minutes and drew religious leaders from multiple faiths.
No arrests have been in the spray-painting of swastikas and other white supremacist messages at the Airport Diner, discovered by the restaurant’s owner on Sept. 17.
Rabbi Mendel Dubov, of Chabad of Sussex County, addressing the crowd, said, “I want to thank each and every one of you for showing up, for coming and for supporting.”
He noted that Sunday falls between two Jewish holidays and urged those present to use the diner incident as an education tool.
“A child, a youngster, should know why certain things are good and why certain things are evil,” he said, then noted that the current political climate has put pressure “on our being, our identity.”