A sign for a Jewish food festival in Sarasota County, Florida, was reportedly targeted for antisemitic vandalism on 14th December.
Letters on a sign announcing the postponement of the Jewish food festival in Venice were rearranged to say: “Jews postponed until February 2022”. Rabbi Ben Shull of the Venice Jewish Congregation said that “such cowardly acts of hatred” would not “make us back away from living proudly as Jews and active members of the larger Venice community.”
He also said that he was confident that the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Venice Interfaith Community Association would work together to educate the wider community “about the nature and sources of antisemitism.” In July, two synagogues in Sarasota were vandalised with antisemitic graffiti. In October, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee hired its first community security director.