By Sharon Aron Baron
An incident of antisemitism took place at Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland when a group of masked individuals on bicycles hurled antisemitic threats at congregants.
Andrew Rader, president of the synagogue, stated that on Saturday afternoon, about 3-5 teenagers wearing ski masks shouted “Death to Jews” as they passed by the synagogue, subjecting a few congregants to the hateful act.
Fortunately, these individuals did not stop or enter the property, and the incident was brief, lasting under 20 seconds, according to Rader.
This incident was also addressed by Congressman Jared Moskowitz, a member of the congregation and Parkland resident who was appalled by the chants of genocide against Jews.
Moskowitz highlighted the disturbing trend of antisemitism and hatred in the country, often fueled by social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
He drew a parallel between the incident at Kol Tikvah and the tragic anniversary of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, underscoring the persistent and violent nature of antisemitism.
“What we witnessed in Parkland today happened just one day after the 5-year anniversary of the targeted murders at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; we are once again reminded that antisemitism continues to rear its ugly head in the most violent ways,” Moskowitz said in a statement.
Rader reassured the community that the synagogue had a security guard on duty and that congregants were not in physical danger. Swift action was taken, with reports made to the Parkland Sheriff’s Office, the Anti-Defamation League, the synagogue’s security vendor, and the Secure Community Network—the official safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America.
The Sheriff’s Office has initiated a formal investigation to enhance the safety of the congregants and to locate the perpetrators.
According to Rader, despite the incident, Kol Tikvah remains operational, with no credible threats identified.
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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