May 30, 2021

USA - Young Israel of century city synagogue vandalized

Los Angeles, CA
- Southland Jewish leaders Friday condemned an overnight vandalism attempt at a Century City synagogue, where surveillance video captured a man try to throw a block of concrete through two windows.

The synagogue's windows are made of reinforced glass, and the concrete bounced away without causing significant damage. But the attempt -- on the heels of other high-profile antisemitic attacks of Jewish people in the Southland - drew the ire of local leaders.

“In my 35 years as rabbi of this beautiful synagogue, I have never, ever experienced such an act perpetrated against our house of God,” said Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City.


The attempted vandalism occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday. Synagogue officials said the man first broke a window at a nearby restaurant called Pat's Next Door, then tried to do the same to the synagogue.

“The first time he attempted to break the window, it actually ricocheted because... it's a very strong shatterproof glass,” said Steven Silver, a synagogue security official. “And you could see he was surprised it actually didn't go through. And he picked it up again, threw it at the next window, it ricocheted again, and then he decided to leave.”

Source: NBC Los Angeles