Firebombing of NJ Shul Being Viewed as Attempted Murder of Rov and Mishpacha



An early morning fire in the residence at a shul in northern New Jersey was caused by several Molotov cocktails and other incendiary devices thrown through a second-floor window, Bergen County’s prosecutor said today.

Prosecutor John Molinelli said the incident is being investigated as an attempted murder and bias-related arson. Molinelli said lit aerosol cans also were used in the attack.

The fire occurred at Congregation Beth El at about 4:30 a.m. today. It’s the latest in a series of incidents targeting synagogues in Bergen County. Molinelli didn’t say whether today’s incident is related.

Rabbi Nosson Schuman told CBS 880 Radio that he saw a flash of fire outside his bedroom window before his bedspread caught fire. The rabbi said he got his wife and five children out of the building safely, and said damage to the building was minimal, in his estimation.

Within the last three weeks, a fire was intentionally set at a synagogue in Paramus and anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered at synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood.

Law enforcement and representatives from more than 80 synagogues and Jewish day schools had been scheduled to discuss the incidents on Thursday.

The synagogues in Maywood and Hackensack are about a mile apart. The other two are within about seven miles of each other in Bergen County, just across the Hudson River from New York City and near the Meadowlands sports complex.

The fire at Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshuran in Paramus was discovered on the morning of Jan. 3 when members smelled gas in the building and contacted authorities. Fire and police officials determined an accelerant had been used in the rear of the building to start a fire. The fire had quickly burned itself out, and no injuries were reported. No arrests have been made.

{The Associated Press/ Newscenter}


  1. perhaps we have gotten hashems message yet or not? are we going to continue watching anti-semitsm grow even in the free country of the USA & just say its coincidence OR is it a message from Hashem for all of klal yisroel to make aliyah NOW towards the geula & mashiach? BEFORE HASHEM NEEDS TO MAKE THINGS WORSE C”V

  2. People who attack shuls are playing with divine fire, excuse the terrible pun. Houses of Worship where people gather in peace to spiritually uplift the universe must remain sanctuaries.