About thirty markers in the older section of Pensacola’s Temple Beth-El cemetery were toppled Saturday night or Sunday morning in an act of vandalism. The congregation is the oldest in the state of Florida.
Congregants are raising funds both for a reward for information leading to the perpetrators, and for repair to the damaged stones (to make a donation, call Temple Beth-El at 850-438-3321). Many of the stones remained intact but some were broken. There have been other instances of Pensacola-area cemeteries being vandalized and thus far, it appears to be the work of bored youth rather than an anti-Semitic incident.
If you have information regarding the vandalism of the cemetery, please call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP or the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435-1965.