2 synagogues in Sarasota, Florida vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages

An anti-Semitic vandal armed with spray paint defaced Temple Sinai and Temple Emanu-El synagogues in Sarasota, Florida with swastikas and hate speech.

While both congregations have been meeting virtually because of the coronavirus, parents dropping off their children for a preschool camp Wednesday morning at Temple Sinai were confronted by the graphic, anti-Semitic language.

It is the second time that Temple Emanu El has been attacked in the last four months. In April, swastikas were spray-painted on the doors of the synagogue.

The Temple Sinai campus was extensively vandalized, including many walls made of porous Jerusalem stone, making the removal of the messages difficult.

The Sarasota Sheriff’s office said that a man was seen on surveillance video on the grounds of Temple Emanu-El at around 2 am. Video shows the same anti-Semitic vandal on the grounds of Temple Sinai later on the same morning.

The department described the suspect as “a white male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5’10” to 6’2” tall, with dark hair and a thin build.”

The Sheriff’s Office encouraged anyone with information related to the incident to call its criminal investigations section at 941-861-4900 or 941-861-4928.