A CAMPAIGNER has encouraged people to help restore a historic synagogue after a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

Adam Ma’anit, 45, set up an online funding page for the Middle Street Synagogue, which was targeted in a suspected hate crime earlier this month.

He said the Jewish community felt a “sense of dread” after red liquid was smeared on the front door.

The vandalism coincided with an anniversary of the notorious Kristallnacht, a Nazi riot against Jews in Germany.

It follows a rise in anti-Semitic attacks around the world, and fears about a growing rise of the racism here at home.

In reaction to the vandalism one person said: “My reaction to the incident is that it’s very worrying given the rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, especially taking place on the eve of the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

“There is nothing random about this act.”

Although others said they hoped it was not politically motivated, one said: “I just think it seems to be mindless, indiscriminate vandalism with no master plan to it.”

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So when Mr Ma’anit saw the news, the charity worker decided to encourage others to show support for the Jewish community in Brighton.

He set up the online fundraiser for the grade-II listed building in The Lanes, which was built in 1875.

Mr Ma’anit, from Kemp Town, said: “It evoked a sense of dread for all of us.

“Regardless of the intention of the person, we have to judge the effect, and the effect.

“People thought it was blood, it was panic inducing and brought a lot of anxiety.

“I think people are feeling on edge.”

Mr Ma’anit set up the Go Fund Me page to help the synagogue, which hosts community events, to pay for a restoration.

The building pre-dates Catholic and Methodist worship in Brighton, and was listed by English Heritage in 1970.

Mr Ma’anit said: “The more we can do to help turn around and calm things down to make people feel safe, the better. So money for the restoration would be great.”

To donate visit: gofundme.com/f/middle-street-synagogue-restoration.