Bat-wielding attacker smashes glass doors of Florida synagogue

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A shirtless man using a baseball bat smashed the glass front doors of a South Florida synagogue.

A surveillance video showed the man vandalizing Temple Beth Torah in Wellington. He also smashed a church, as well as 17 parked cars, according to reports. The attack occurred in the wee hours of Sunday.

“That’s always a concern in the Jewish community when something like this happens is are you being targeted because of you being Jewish? I don’t know if that’s the case in this situation,” Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz told WPBF-TV. He said investigators believe the choice of a synagogue was random.

“I hope that whoever did this gets apprehended, I hope that he or they get the help that they need, and I hope that it seeps in that they understand how much they hurt people when they did something like this,” the rabbi said.

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