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Attack on N.J. Synagogue Being Treated as Murder Attempt

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An explosive thrown through the window of a New Jersey synagogue and residence is being treated as attempted murder, the Bergen County prosecutor said.

The latest in a string of attacks that have hit the county’s synagogues recently took place Wednesday morning at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford. The Orthodox synagogue also doubles as a home for its rabbi, Nosson Schuman, and his family.

Schuman suffered slight burns as a result of the explosive, The Record newspaper reported. No one else was hurt.

In the past month, synagogues have been attacked in Paramus, Maywood and Hackensack. Police are unsure if the attacks are related.

Prosecutor John Molinelli will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to talk about the recent attacks.

A previously scheduled meeting involving law enforcement and representatives of 80 synagogues and Jewish day schools to discuss enhanced security measures in the wake of the attacks will be held Thursday.

“This is getting out of control, this is so troublesome,” Joy Kurland, director of Jewish Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, which is organizing the meeting, told The Record. “This is beyond comprehension that someone could do such horrible harm to a rabbi and his family.”

The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to arrest of the perpetrators.

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6 Responses to “Attack on N.J. Synagogue Being Treated as Murder Attempt”

  1. Moishe Pupick says:

    Th., 01/12/12 common era

    It’s open season on Jews, even here in America; the tone has been set in the Oval Office. Rabbi Meier Kahane, zt”l, sure knew what he was talking about 45 years ago.
    The rate that the 4th and final exile is ending is now accelerating. All of the ADL’s p.r. will do no good; it’s preaching to the choir. American Jews should start supporting the 2nd Amendment.

  2. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg was on Channel 12 last night discussing the attempted murder of the Rabbi and his family in Rutherford, New Jersey.
    Last night Rabbi was informed of additional swastikas in Johnson Park and with his involvement they are being removed by the Parks Department.
    Rabbi Rosenberg has been predicting this for years and perhaps finally the public has woken up. Rabbi Rosenberg has upped the security for Edison through the Edison Police Department.

  3. Tonight, January 12, there is a major meeting in Bergen County regarding the recent swastikas and attempted murder of a Rabbi and his family. The FBI has been brought into this and the meeting includes representatives from the governor’s office and homeland security. While I applaud these efforts I wonder why when my synagogue had swastikas, when a Yeshiva student in Edison was assaulted, when the Edison Lexus dealership was vandalized with swastikas and numerous other areas of Edison were swatikaed we did not hear from the governor’s office nor was there a mass meeting of state leaders and politicians. Several years ago while walking to Synagogue on a friday night around Halloween, my wife and I were attacked by teenagers in a van throwing eggs. They waited for us to leave the synagogue and pelted us again while driving off. Why was there silence at that time from the governor’s office? I warned about all this happening years ago and continue to warn the public about the rise of anti-semitism as well as hatred for all minority groups . Unless and until the judicial system hands out harsh punishment, including real jail time to these perpetrators, including teen agers, nothing will change. Writing an essay on the Holocaust or doing community service means nothing to those blinded by bigotry and hatred. rabbi dr. bernhard rosenberg

  4. bonniestein says:

    If this had been a mosque it would have been treated as a hate crime.

  5. WHAT A DISGRACE. JUST LIKE IN HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY. ANOTHER JEW WHO DISGRACES HIS PEOPLE.BROOKLYN SWASTIKAS CAUSED BY A JEW. SHAME ON THEM. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    January 17, 2012 7:58 AM

  6. THE MORE WE MAKE ANTI-SEMITIC ACCUSATIONS WITHOUT PROOF, THE STUPIDER WE AS jEWS LOOK. Rabbi Dr/ BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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