Mar 19, 2014

Jewish Federation Leaders Deplore Vandalism at Synagogue in Boca Raton

As leaders of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and as individuals, we are outraged and saddened by the vandalism that occurred at Chabad of East Boca in downtown Boca Raton on Monday night. Our hearts go out to our friends and colleagues who have had their synagogue violated.

We condemn this violent act of unknown vandals regardless of their motive. Hearkening back to images from throughout our people’s history, the incident serves as a painful reminder that even here, where Judaism is well-woven into the fabric of daily life, we are not immune to attacks on our institutions and sacred spaces.

As always, we are proud of those affected in our community in their refusal to succumb to fear or apathy in response to such acts. Rabbi Ruvi New of Chabad of East Boca calls on us to respond to darkness and hate with light and love. He invites all to unite with the community this Thursday night, March 20, in celebration of the Land of Israel at the previously scheduled “The Land We Love, The Lives We Honor” concert starring Yaakov Shwekey in Mizner Park Amphitheater. For more information, visit ShwekeyConcert.com or call 561.417.7797.

Please know that our Federation is ever vigilant. Security on our campus continues to be of the highest priority, and serves as a model for Jewish Federations throughout the country.

B'Shalom,

Ellen R. Sarnoff, Chair
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County