A South Florida community is reeling after, officials said, someone spray-painted graffiti on a new synagogue during the holiest time of the year in the Jewish faith.
Worshippers who showed up this weekend at the Chabad of Parkland on Loxahatchee Road found the property vandalized with offensive words.
“This is highly disturbing, being that it is Rosh Hashana, to know that there are people out there trying to intimidate the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Shuey Biston.
Someone wrote “Free Palestine” on the synagogue’s front sign and spray-painted expletives on the building. “This is the holiest time of the year. This is the Jewish New Year,” said Rabbi Mendy Gudnick, “and so people are thinking about going to synagogue who don’t usually come to pray, and it gives them a little pause.”
A member of the synagogue said this is clearly anti-Semitism. “It is a hate crime. Hopefully, they’ll catch the person,” he said.