Rutherford

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

01/11/2012
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.

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