HATE IN CHICAGO: Synagogues Attacked With Molotov Cocktail; Cars Parked Outside Another Have Windows Smashed


Chicago police are stepping up patrols at synagogues as well as Jewish schools and businesses after an attempted arson at a synagogue and vandalism near others.

Police say they’re seeking to identify a person seen on surveillance video about 12:30 a.m. Sunday near Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood. Police say the person tried to use Molotov cocktails to cause a fire, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld says three broken bottles containing charred black towels were found outside the synagogue.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter that detectives also are investigating the smashing of car windows outside synagogues in the Rogers Park area. Guglielmi says different suspects are being sought in the attempted arson and the car vandalism.

David Goldenberg, midwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement, “While thankfully the attacks did not cause any injuries or damage, this incident is yet another disturbing reminder of the recent escalation in attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions.”

Both the Arson Unit and Area North detectives are investigating.

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  1. When the mass flight from the US begins in a few years time, if not sooner, keep in mind that I can take in one family (no pets, please) for a short time. The kids are all married B”H and out of the house so we have the room.

  2. This is what happens when we allow hateful speech to go unchecked. The line between freedom of speech and hate/ bias intimidation has become blurred. We have Anti-Semites sitting in CONGRESS spewing forth hate daily. This is the result. Scary times we live in.