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NYPD Investigating Series of Anti-Semitic Vandalism Incidents Targeting Bronx Synagogues

A still image from surveillance footage showing a vandal throw an object at the Young Israel of Riverdale synagogue.

April 26, 2021

Police in New York City are investigating a series of anti-Semitic vandalism incidents targeting Bronx synagogues in recent days.

Surveillance footage released by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) shows an unidentified man throwing objects at the windows of Young Israel of Riverdale on Saturday night.

Three other Jewish houses of worship in the neighborhood — the Riverdale Jewish Center, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, and Chabad of Riverdale — were vandalized in a similar manner the same night.

The vandal also damaged several vehicles.

Two of the synagogues were also targeted on Thursday night.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is leading the investigation.

Security has been bolstered at the synagogues, and police were said to have a solid lead on a suspect.

A mass email sent on Sunday by the Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership, an umbrella neighborhood group, said, “An attack on any synagogue is an attack on all synagogues, all Jewish institutions, and all houses of worship. We will stand strong against hate and will continue to celebrate being Jewish, engage in our personal, institutional and communal activities and support one another.”

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