Rabbi Burned By Explosive At NJ Shul; DA Calls Attack Attempted Murder

01/10/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Firebombs thrown through the second floor bedroom window of a northern New Jersey rabbi landed on his bed early Wednesday morning, setting his blanket ablaze.

He was able to extinguish it before fleeing the building with his wife, five children and his parents.

The home is attached to Congregation Beth El, an Orthodox synagogue in Rutherford, N.J. Authorities said the attack, which occurred at about 4:30 a.m., was targeting the rabbi, Nosson Schuman. The Bergen County prosecutor, John Molinelli, said the case would be treated as an attempted murder.

Hackensack Shul Vandalized

12/21/2011 - 19:00


A Conservative synagogue in Hackensack, N.J. was defaced by anti-Semitic vandals.

Swastikas and white supremacist symbols were painted on Temple Beth El late Tuesday night, the first night of Chanukah. An accusation that Jews caused the 9-11 attacks was also painted on the building, according to reports. The graffiti was discovered by a synagogue secretary on Wednesday morning.

Police reportedly believe that the vandals were the same as those that painted swastikas on a Reconstructionist temple in neighboring Maywood, N.J. last week.

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