2/7/23 Hillel Center, broken window

The front window of Purdue Hillel was covered after it was broken.

An object was thrown through a pane-glass window at Purdue Hillel early Sunday morning, a report filed with PUPD the same day alleges.

Capt. Song Kang of PUPD said the exact object used to break the window is unknown, but a beer bottle was found shattered outside of Hillel, surrounded by broken glass from the window.

Melissa Frey, the executive director of Hillel, said there is currently no evidence as of Thursday that the vandalism was motivated by anti-semitism, however the Hillel community still feels that the crime being based in an anti-semitic motive is a possibility, but she hopes it wasn't motivated by hate. She has since said she doesn't know what motivated the incident, but the Jewish community is greatly concerned after the incident. 

“The vandalization of our building is unprecedented, and has left our community concerned and with many questions,” Frey said in an email to members of Hillel. “For our students, Purdue Hillel is a safe, welcoming, and affirming space. It should remain that way always. It is heartbreaking that beyond our windows, our sense of calm has been broken."

PUPD has not established anti-semitism as a motive.

Kang said PUPD has no leads on a potential suspect, including the suspect's motives, however detectives are working with Hillel to retrieve and review security camera footage.

“Purdue Hillel will remain open and the Purdue Hillel staff are here to support our students,” Frey said.

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