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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

UF Jewish student center vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

Gainesville police remain searching for suspects

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The Chabad UF Jewish Student Center was vandalized early Friday morning with “anti-Semitic graffiti and hateful slurs,” according to a Chabad UF press release.

Chabad UF reported the vandalism to police and is increasing its security protocols.

Gainesville Police Department confirmed Monday morning it had not identified any suspects.

“This is an attempt to intimidate us and the proud Jewish Life and Learning Chabad UF provides to the students and community,” the release read. “We will not be cowed by hate, but will in fact double our efforts to strengthen Judaism, advocate for Israel and continue to bring light and joy to the UF, SFC and Gainesville communities.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call GPD at 352-955-1818 and Rabbi Berl Goldman at 352-336-5877. 

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Garrett Shanley

Garrett Shanley is a third-year journalism and history major and The Alligator's Fall 2023 university administration reporter. In his free time, Garrett can be found watching Wong Kar-Wai movies and brooding.

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