(JTA) – An interfaith service was held at a cemetery in the Boston area after a Holocaust memorial was desecrated with pieces of raw pork.
Hundreds attended the service held on Friday at the Pride of Lynn Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts, located about 12 miles from Boston, the Boston Globe reported.
Earlier in the week, five chunks of raw pork were found on the stone base of the monument, which was dedicated in 1948 in memory of those killed in the Holocaust.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime by Lynn police, according to the Globe.
“We stand united against all forms of evil,” said Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore, who organized the ceremony, billed as a reconsecrating of the memorial. “We gather here, Jews, Christians, Muslims and people of all faiths.”
Both rabbis and Christian clergy offered prayers at the ceremony, where six candles were lit to represent the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust.