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Naples synagogue vandalized

Posted at 10:32 PM, Dec 06, 2016

NAPLES, Fla. -- Someone called police last week when they heard gun shots near Temple Shalom, along Pine Ridge Road in Collier County.

Friday morning, Rabbi Adam Miller discovered bullet holes on the sign.  The damage is painted over, but emotions are still raw.

"I was saddened and disappointed," said Miller.

Video surveillance in front of Temple Shalom showed a truck near the sign around the time neighbors heard gun shots.

No one was hurt, but whoever fired the shot was never arrested.  It's not the first time Miller's congregation has been harassed.

"We had a member of our congregation who was verbally assaulted as she left our parking lot by another vehicle," said Miller.

Even in Southwest Florida, which has been traditionally open to the Jewish community, there have been incidents of anti-semitism.

"We've had a few incidents at local schools, of swastikas, of students at elementary, middle and high school levels hearing anti-semitic slurs and stereotypes from their peers," said Miller.

But since the bullet hole was found last week, Miller says members of al different faiths reached out to support Temple Shalom.

"We've had an overwhelming response of support, of shock at what had happened and desire to come together, to be unified as one community."

There will be a "Shabbat of Solidarity" interfaith prayer service to counter the violence this Friday at Temple Shalom. It starts at 7:30 and is open to the public.