April 25, 2021

Rocks hurled , windows and doors smashed at two Bronx synagogues

Riverdale, The Bronx, NY
- New York police were still searching Saturday for a suspect caught on security footage throwing rocks at the glass doors and windows of two Bronx synagogues, including one that was previously the target of a foiled 2009 bomb plot.

A man was taped throwing multiple rocks at Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) late on Thursday. Security footage revealed that he had already approached the building on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re just doing what we can to work with law enforcement, and to ensure that the shul is safely protected and that those responsible for the crimes against our shul and community are properly investigated,” said Oren Hiller, RJC executive director, to The Algemeiner.

A second, similar incident was also reported Friday at Chabad of Riverdale, situated half a mile away. “They threw two rocks at two windows,” said Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who heads the congregation. “They broke the windows, and the glass and the rocks are all over.”

A police spokesperson told The Algemeiner on Saturday that both attacks have been deemed possible bias incidents, with the Hate Crime Task Force investigating.

Photo: The smashed glass door of the Riverdale Jewish Center after the attack. Photo: provided