New Jersey Synagogue Attacked With Molotov Cocktail

Suspected arsonist appears on surveillance footage lighting Molotov cocktail in front of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, NJ. S196528573 SOURCE: Bloomfield Police

NEW JERSEY (VINnews) — A New Jersey Synagogue was attacked early Sunday morning by an individual who threw a molotov cocktail at the front door.

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Thankfully the device did not detonate as expected, and as such did not cause as much damage as would have been expected.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

The below email was sent out to community members on Sunday following the attack.

Dear community members,

At approximately 3 a.m. this morning, an unknown individual wearing a ski mask ignited and threw a hand-thrown incendiary weapon “Molotov cocktail” at the front door of a Greater MetroWest community synagogue. Thankfully, the device did not work as intended and as such, the damage was limited. Police are on-scene and investigating.

Our Chief Security Officer is working with all our law enforcement partners locally, from Essex County, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, and our security partners from the other Jewish Communal Security Programs in New Jersey and New York as well as the Secure Community Network.

This incident comes amidst a climate of intimidation and intolerance, and a rising tide of anti-Jewish hate crimes and hate speech against Jews. Our Jewish Federation will continue to work with all partners in the community to stand up to hate, build our resilience, and promote safety and security.

David Saginaw
Dov Ben-Shimon

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