Swastika painted on street outside Bangor synagogue

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN
Bangor, ME - A group of teenagers allegedly painted a swastika outside Maine’s oldest synagogue last week, a possible hate crime that Bangor police are investigating.

A member of Congregation Beth Israel who lives near the Bangor synagogue saw several teenagers outside the building between 8:30 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, according to President Brian Kresge. They had allegedly painted a white swastika on the street not far from the congregation’s function room that is undergoing renovations.

As the synagogue member interrupted them, they attempted to paint over the Nazi symbol, then fled, Kresge said Monday.

Kresge said that he used black spray paint to cover up the swastika before Friday night services.