Chabad of East Boca vandalized, police are investigating

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Police in Boca Raton are trying to find out who vandalized the Chabad of East Boca.

Investigators met with Chabad and members of the Anti-Defamation League. Police will try and determine if this is a hate crime or a case of vandalism.

Chabad of East Boca is hoping surveillance video caught those responsible.

Hava Holzhauer, ADL Florida Regional Director, issued the following statement:

“ADL commends the Boca Raton Police Department for its comprehensive investigation of the vandalism perpetrated against the Chabad of East Boca Raton.  ADL was shortly on site to offer support to Rabbi New, his staff and congregation, and continues to serve as a liaison with our close partners in the Boca Raton Police Department. 

Anytime a synagogue or house of worship is vandalized, the impact of such a negative act has a chilling ripple effect throughout the community.  At this time, the investigation is ongoing.  Without clear evidence of anti-Jewish bias such as anti-Semitic graffiti, the incident may be classified as religious institutional vandalism, which carries a more severe penalty, rather than a hate crime.”

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