Officials pledge federal resources for investigation into temple firebombing, bias crimes

| January 13, 2012

PARAMUS — Federal elected officials from North Jersey and across the state pledged resources in the investigation into the firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue at a meeting convened to discuss safety at Jewish temples Thursday night.

Rabbi Nosson Schuman joined members of New Jersey's Congressional delegation and local officials as he recounted the early-morning attack on his synagogue and home early Wednesday.

Jewish leaders had already been planning a summit to discuss increased security measures after a series of anti-Semitic crimes committed at Bergen County synagogues when Shuman's Congregation Beth-El temple, where he also lived with his family, was attacked by one or more arsonists wielding Molotov cocktails.

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey hosted the summit at their Paramus headquarters, which was filled to capacity with leaders from the Jewish community and other faiths. The meeting was called prior to the firebombing, after a series of vandalism cases and another arson attempt at Bergen County temples.

 

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