Reward Offered for Information in Mezuzah Torching Incidents


burned-mezuzosCouncilman David G. Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the torching of a dozen Mezuzahs in Williamsburg over the past 24 hours.

The first incident occurred yesterday when 11 Mezuzahs were burned off doorposts of apartments inside the Taylor Houses, and is currently being investigated by the NYPD as a hate crime. The second incident occurred today, when a Mezuzah at 130 Clymer Street was also torched. It is not known at this time if the same person is responsible for committing this hateful act at both locations. In response, Councilman Greenfield is offering a reward in hopes of encouraging any witnesses to come forward with information that can help bring the perpetrator to justice.

“I was saddened to hear about yet another anti-Semitic incident here in New York City, where we expect tolerance of others and freedom to worship in peace. It was especially upsetting that yesterday’s incidents occurred on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and were clearly intended to spread hatred and fear across the community. These cowardly acts will not be tolerated. I urge anyone with any information to immediately come forward and help bring this sick and hateful individual to justice,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS. The reward money will be issued in consultation with the NYPD following a conviction.

{Andy Newscenter}