Multiple people have been wounded in a stabbing attack in Rabbi Chaim Rottenburg’s (Rottenberg) shul, Netzach Yisrael, on Forshay Road in Monsey, NY, on Saturday night.
The attack began in the Rabbi’s home, which is adjoined to the synagogue. The Chassidic community had gathered to light Chanukah candles, to be followed by a Chanukah party. The call to emergency services came in at 9:50 PM.
BREAKING: At least 5 people wounded in stabbing attack in Monsey Ney York synagogue, Police searching for suspects. pic.twitter.com/P1kcFGsJ8F
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) December 29, 2019
A black man wielding a machete, with his face covered with a scarf, entered the home and began attacking people. He then tried to get into the shul which was locked, and people blocked his way by throwing tables and chairs at him, until he ran off and drove away.
Reports indicated that five victims were hospitalized with stab wounds, including a man who is in serious condition, and 2 more who are critically wounded.
Video from the scene of the stabbings at a synagogue in Monsey where Chassidim were gathered for a Hanukkah celebration. pic.twitter.com/wQhWp9SrdA
— Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) December 29, 2019
There are reports that the suspect was captured by the NYPD in the 32nd precinct in Harlem.
די ארעסט אין הארלעם pic.twitter.com/byV2Gmph8a
— Hasidic2 (@hasidic_1) December 29, 2019
— Chris Eberhart (@ChrisEberhart2) December 29, 2019
This attack is the latest in an unprecedented series of violent, deadly attacks against Jews in the NY tri-state area.
Prayers can be said for:
Yosef ben Perel Neiman
Chaim ben Vittel Rottenberg
Naftali Tzvi ben Gila
Shloima ben Vittel Rottenberg
Correction: The original photo showed the Rudinski shul, which is one house over on Forshay Rd.