Mount Dora honored for response to synagogue vandalism

| December 11, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League will designate Mount Dora as a "Community of Respect" in recognition of the city's swift response to anti-Semitic vandalism at Traditional Congregation, the city's only Jewish house of worship.

Vandals sprayed hate messages on the synagogue with green, red and orange paint in July, a crime which was decried by city leaders and which spurred a police investigation that quickly rounded up four suspects, one of whom had fled the state.

City leaders will receive a banner Dec. 18 during a ceremony at 2 p.m. at the synagogue from Andrew Rosenkranz, Florida regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, a national civil rights organization that fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. He said Mount Dora is only the second Florida city to be recognized as a "Community of Respect" by the ADL, which has promoted a "No Place for Hate" campaign aimed at combating bullying and bigotry.,0,7726412.story

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