In response to the recent vandalism at the Jewish fraternity house at the George Washington University, where a toy Torah was also destroyed, the Chabad, along with members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and others organized a “Torah procession and solidarity rally” on Monday.
After the disgraceful incident that occurred on Saturday night at the on-campus housing for the Tau Kappa Epsilon, the Torah procession and solidarity rally was aimed at spreading awareness and showcasing solidarity against hateful forces.
“This weekend the on-campus house of the Alpha-Pi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was broken into, vandalized and Jewish texts were desecrated,” posted the fraternity. “Our entire chapter is outraged and saddened by this blatant act of anti-Semitism and violence against our brothers. We are cooperating with university officials and the ADL.”
As for the Torah that was destroyed during the vandalism, it was reported in the school newspaper that, “the Torah scroll was one of several religious texts that belongs to the chapter, which usually uses them to swear in new members of the fraternity.” It went on to say that other religious texts were left undisturbed, though a bible was moved from one place to another. In reality, the Torah was ripped apart & had detergent poured all over it.
Talking about the rally, Rabbi Yudi Steiner, director of the Rohr Chabad Center at GW, said “it’s not an anti-Semitic campus. Anti-Semitism is a problem all over the country, including in Washington, D.C., that needs to be taken with the proper gravity. What I’m hoping to do today is lead by example and model how I think the Jewish response, from Jewish students especially, should be, and that is what we will talk about the rally.”