Bushwick Chabad

Mike Smeltz

Brooklyn Synagogue Window Smashed In Possible Hate Crime

February 17, 2019 - 12:54 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police are looking for two men responsible for smashing the front window of a Bushwick Chabad in the middle of Shabbat.

Rabbi Menachem Heller was enjoying Shabbat with his wife and three kids at around 2 a.m. early Saturday morning when suddenly the large front glass window of the Chabad, on Flushing Avenue, was smashed.

Heller instinctively pulled his children away from the window, which was broken right above where times for Shabbat services were listed.

Heller says he hopes this isn’t a targeted attack against the Jewish community.

The thing is though, there are four stores, they all look the same," Heller said, "At the time they were all lit up, three of them for sure they all looked similar; to choose this one Friday night, you know, it's suspicious."

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The NYPD is investigating this as a possible bias attack.