(JTA) — A building newly renovated to house a synagogue in a central Florida town was spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti.
The new Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora, in the Orlando area, was discovered vandalized with the graffiti and hate messages on the morning of July 9.
Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime.
Street signs, roads and vehicles in the area reportedly also were spray-painted with similar messages.
Volunteers arrived within hours to clean off the synagogue graffiti, according to reports. The synagogue is scheduled to open in two weeks.
Mount Dora, a town of some 9,500, is about a 35-minute drive from Orlando.