10 June 2011


My car was keyed again, which is, you know, a pain in the ass.

At least it wasn't a swastika this time--just a long line down the drivers side, extending from the driver's door to the back end, with an extra flourish around the back tail-light for emphasis. 

The rear wiper was yanked again, downward, in an attempt to emphasize the low state of human affairs that makes a rabbi's car fair game from the low-life that passes the time with cheap vandalism.

It's been well over a month since the last pass at this form of communication and then, when I called the police, they said, "Get security cameras for in front of the synagogue.  This serves as a deterrent.  Most people don't want to get caught on tape doing something stupid."

Most people.

As is often typical of over-extended non-profit institutions, we've not gotten the cameras.  Our dysfunction is in not getting certain things done; others is in vandalism.  Pick your poison.  So in the meantime, the car remains exposed.


Anonymous said...

This behavior, especially when it has anti-semitic overtones, is never, ever, ever right. But I think you need to admit of the possibility that the shul has neighbors who are jealous and maybe angry that there are many in the neighborhood who need to use their cars for personal or professional emergencies who often have to park those cars many blocks from their homes, lacking the privilege of a "clergy" plaque and parking spot, after circling for an hour or more. Seeking parking in Park Slope is frustrating and time-consuming, and could bring out the worst in anyone.

Andy Bachman said...

I don't have a clergy plate. I do put a sign that I made in my window that occasionally deters clerks from giving me tickets though I also get about ten tickets a year. This comment seems to suggest that as rabbi, when I park in front of the synagogue where I work and serve, is somehow a "lost" spot from someone on the block. That's an absurd claim, given that I serve the community. I "circle" the block at least once a week like everyone else.

Anonymous said...

No, I think the perceived "lost spots" are because there's no parking in front of the shul, and even a homemade sign is an assertion of privilege which others wouldn't have. As a non-car-owner, I'm neither justifying nor complaining, just speculating.

Andy Bachman said...

The lost spots are rarely from those who actually work in the shul but from a preponderance of others with parking privileges, like handicapped signs, doctors or police.

Anonymous said...

"As a non-car-owner, I'm neither justifying nor complaining, just speculating."
Really?? ("Seeking parking in Park Slope is frustrating and time-consuming, and could bring out the worst in anyone.")