Anti-Semitic incidents in Florida rise 51 percent

According to the recently-released Anti-Defamation League Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, there was a 51 percent increase of incidents of anti-Semitism in Florida from 137 verified incidents in 2016 up from 91 the previous year.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913, defines itself as the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

The ADL has been tracking anti-Semitic incidents in the United States since 1979. The audit includes both criminal and non-criminal incidents — including acts of harassment and intimidation; distribution of hate propaganda; threats; and slurs.

Compiled using information provided by victims, law enforcement and community leaders — and evaluated by the ADL’s professional staff — the audit provides an annual snapshot of this nationwide problem while identifying possible trends or changes in the types of activity reported.

The annual ADL Audit encompasses all incidents reported to the ADL Florida office, law enforcement, media or other sources. These include incidents of vandalism, assault and harassment targeting Jewish individuals and institutions.



Documentary highlights Boca rabbi

Caption Documentary highlights Boca rabbi

Rabbi Merle’s Singer’s fight against Parkinson’s disease is the subject of a documentary being aired over the next few nights on WXEL and WPBT.

Rabbi Merle’s Singer’s fight against Parkinson’s disease is the subject of a documentary being aired over the next few nights on WXEL and WPBT.

Israel police arrest suspect in threats on US Jewish targets

Caption Israel police arrest suspect in threats on US Jewish targets

Israeli police say they have arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers in the U.S.

Israeli police say they have arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers in the U.S.

Trial date scheduled for Aventura synagogue bomb suspect

Caption Trial date scheduled for Aventura synagogue bomb suspect

James Gonzalo Medina’s trial is scheduled for August 21 in Miami. He has until May 26 to decide if he wants to plead guilty.

James Gonzalo Medina’s trial is scheduled for August 21 in Miami. He has until May 26 to decide if he wants to plead guilty.

Second bomb threat in nine days at Davie JCC

Caption Second bomb threat in nine days at Davie JCC

Students were evacuated Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from the David Posnack Hebrew Day School on the Jewish Community Center campus because of a telephoned bomb threat.

Students were evacuated Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from the David Posnack Hebrew Day School on the Jewish Community Center campus because of a telephoned bomb threat.

Davie's new food pantry offers Kosher feeding program

Caption Davie’s new food pantry offers Kosher feeding program

The Cupboard in Davie offers an all-kosher feeding program and what’s known as a “choice-market” pantry, where limited-income people can shop for what they want.

The Cupboard in Davie offers an all-kosher feeding program and what’s known as a “choice-market” pantry, where limited-income people can shop for what they want.

This information assists the ADL in developing and enhancing its programs to counter and prevent the spread of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.

“There is no doubt that anti-Semitism is still deeply embedded in our society,” said Yael Hershfield, the ADL’s Florida interim regional director. “The increase in its manifestations is sobering — and should alarm us all.

“This year’s audit is a painful reminder that anti-Semitism still poses a threat. Our work assisting victims of anti-Semitism and pro-actively working to create a society free of bigotry is needed now more than ever.”

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