With anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Florida, Jewish day schools are stepping up security with the promise of new funding from the state.

Gov. Rick Scott visited Brauser Maimonides Academy in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday to highlight the measure. It’s one of 35 private Jewish schools in the state that will share the $650,000 grant in this year’s budget.
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A Naples group of "parents, friends, and family" of LGBT community members is celebrating a decade of promoting equality with an interfaith convocation on May 7, aiming to promote acceptance through sharing religious traditions and rituals.


Incidents of anti-Semitism rose in 2016 from 2015, nationwide and Florida had the fourth highest number of reported anti-Semitism incidents last year, according to an annual audit by the Anti-Defamation League--an advocacy group that fights anti-Semitism and other forms of hate. 

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Media reports of increased incidents of hate crime have heightened awareness of the issue across the country, but in the case of one Naples man, personal experience spurred him to action.

Photo: Temple Shalom

A shotgun blast rattled a Jewish temple in Naples this week, while racist and white supremacist graffiti and messages continue showing up at Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

Friday at 1:30 p.m., we talk with Temple Shalom Rabbi Adam Miller about how the community is responding to the shotgun incident, including a "Shabbat of Solidarity" planned at the Temple on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

We'll also talk with Mark Potok, senior fellow for the Southern Poverty Law Center, about where Florida fits in to the nearly 900 hate-related incidents reported nationwide in the last month.