North Jersey Synagogues On Edge After Recent Incidents

PARAMUS, NJ (WCBS 880) – Several synagogues in North Jersey are reviewing their security measures following a recent series of bias incidents.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

At Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus on Friday, congregants were unsettled, as they could still smell the fuel and see the scorch marks on the outside wall that remind them of the attack on their house of worship.

Authorities tell The Record an accelerant was used to start a fire at the rear of the structure on Tuesday. Nobody was injured and there was minor damage to the structure.

Rabbi Chaim Shapiro is heartened by the calls of support and law enforcement’s response following two other incidents of anti-semitic graffiti in Hackensack and Maywood.

Scores of Jewish leaders will meet with police next week.

“It sends a message that this type of behavior, this type of anti-religious, anti-Jewish, anti-minority attacks in this day and age in this country is not tolerated,” Shapiro told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

The rabbi plans to install a surveillance camera system.

Do you feel safe as a Jewish person in our area? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • RoyAllen

    Try video survellance,and alarm systems,they go a long way combatting this type of crime,and greatly aid in the apprehension,and prosecution of these low lifes……………………………..houses of worship have to be pro active in todays environment

  • Dore

    We have had incidents in Essex County as well, and I do think about it but still feel safe because law enforcement is aware and around.

  • Ellen

    I’m not Jewish, so maybe I shouldn’t be commenting on this site, but we all have to stand up to bigots whether Jewish or not.

    • Roger Cotton

      Good! You don’t need to be a minority to stand up for those being disciminated against! Jews are only 1.5% of this country. Asians 4%, Blacks 12% and Hispanics 15%. Equality in America must be defended! Thanks!

      • Evolve or Die out

        But Russia is 3x the size of the U.S. No more Jewish and Russian DOCTORS, we want ASTRONAUTS, get it??!! The Andromeda Galaxy is approaching and all you people can do is act like a bunch of Ostriches, with your heads inside a bunch of ancient books and your butt in the air?!! Evolve or die out.

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