Temple Israel defaced by graffiti [PHOTOS] [UPDATE]

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Photos by Aaron Rupar
Vandals tagged all sides of the Temple Israel building near Franklin & Hennepin.
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Temple Israel was defaced overnight by vandals who defaced the synagogue in numerous spots with graffiti.

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It's unclear to us if there's any message hidden in the tags, but if you think you see something, let us know in the comments. The Jewish holiday of Passover began yesterday.

Here's some photos of the damage (click to enlarge):

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According to the synagogue's website, Temple Israel, located at 2324 Emerson Ave. S., was the first synagogue established in Minneapolis and is now one of the ten largest congregations in the U.S.

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Temple Israel senior rabbi Marcia Zimmerman said the vandalism doesn't appear to be hate-related and will be cleaned up by the end of the day today.

With Passover beginning this week, "The timing of this does not go unnoticed for the Jewish community, whether or not that was the intent of the person who vandalized our building," Zimmerman told the Star Tribune. "It jogs the historic memory of vandalism throughout the world in the Jewish community... So I think that's the piece we take notice of without even knowing the intent of the person who did this."

Security cameras show a man spray-painting the building before midnight last night, Zimmerman told the Strib. Temple Israel was first built in 1928 and has been vandalized in the past, though Zimmerman said to the best of her knowledge no previous incidents have been hate-related.

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