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Door at Miami Beach Synagogue Defaced With Swastika During Hanukkah

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A concerned rabbi is speaking out days after a Miami Beach synagogue was targeted by vandals spreading a message of hate during Hanukkah.

Rabbi Marc Philippe of Temple Emanu-El at 17th Street and Washington said the house of worship was defaced late Saturday night.

“We tried to cover it as fast as possible,” he said.

7News cameras captured a door with a fresh coat of paint.

What it covered was a swastika and the letters “RSS” above it written on a side door of the synagogue.

“It’s a big deal. We need to talk about it,” said Philippe.

The rabbi is especially saddened, since the hateful symbols were discovered on the final day of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

“Hanukkah is a time when we are increasing light. We strive to increase light; we do it in a menorah physically, but we also do it with our life,” said Philippe.

The vandal who defaced the temple, however, was clearly not aiming to spread light.

“It’s the type of person who likes to bring darkness, who likes to hurt, who likes to lie, who likes to perhaps bring themselves up by bringing other people down,” said Philippe.

The hateful symbol and tag were only visible for a few hours, as Miami Beach Police came out to photograph the crime and investigate.

While officers keep an eye out for the culprit, Philippe said he will be praying for that person.

“It is obvious that this person is not experiencing love,” he said, “so I wish, not only this person, but everybody to experience love and blessings.”

The rabbi said this is the second time this temple has been tagged with hateful messages. He hopes this will be the last.

Original Article: wsvn.com

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President

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A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles

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Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.

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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search

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Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.

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