Over 50 Synagogues in Florida Receive Bomb Threats, Prominent Rabbis Express Concern

Following reports that more than fifty synagogues in Florida received bomb threats via email on Tuesday, two well-known rabbis from South Florida have spoken out.

According to authorities, since Hamas struck Israel on October 7th, there has been a sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Florida saw 463 anti-Semitic incidents in 2023.

According to information obtained by CBS News Miami, Temple Judea in Coral Gables and Temple Solel in Hollywood were two of the synagogues threatened. The two rabbis we spoke with are concerned, even though nobody was injured and those synagogues are staying silent.

Rabbi Yisroel Spalter of the Chabad of Weston responded to these threats, “This is obviously very concerning. The government and the authorities will have to deal with this. As far as the community is concerned, it is never good to panic and we must be vigilant. In the last few months, we have seen an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents and demonstrations and again this is all very concerning.”

In an effort to reduce anti-Semitic incidents, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced on Tuesday that the state had increased funds for security. He stated, “Florida is prepared. We have put out money where our mouth is and if you are going to try to bring that to our state you are going to end up hitting a brick wall.”