Staten Island Shul Vandalized on Shabbos, Latest in String of Incidents

Surveillance footage of a suspect ripping through the shul’s vinyl fencing early Shabbos morning. (NYPD)

The NYPD are looking for the group of perpetrators they say vandalized a Staten Island shul on Shabbos, amid a wave of vandalizations across the borough.

At approximately 12:27 a.m. on Shabbos morning, Shomrim tells Hamodia that a white Honda SUV pulled up in front of the Congregation Toras Emes of Staten Island Synagogue at 3151 Highland Boulevard, at which time a passenger exited the vehicle from the back and ran through the house of worship’s vinyl fencing, causing damage to the fence.

The individual then re-entered the rear passenger side of the vehicle, which fled the scene traveling southbound on Highland Boulevard. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force initially investigated the incident, but determined that it is not likely that the shul was targeted due to antisemitism.

The individual who damaged the fence is described as a male with a thin build last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The unknown operator of the vehicle was wearing a red shirt, while the unknown front seat passenger was wearing a white shirt.

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