Phila. Synagogue Hit by BB Gun Fire

By JTA

Published May 21, 2012.

Officials at a Philadelphia synagogue are calling a BB gun attack on the synagogue a hate crime.

“What else could it be?” Maxine Goldman, co-president of Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezreth, said Monday morning of the May 10 attack in which dozens of BBs reportedly were shot at the building.

The attack occured while about 130 people were attending a synagogue event.

Goldman said two police officers came within minutes of being called that evening, but detectives have not yet returned to investigate further. She said windows, the door and door frame of the building were damaged.

Synagogues officials are awaiting an insurance estimate for the damage.

“Quite a bit of work needs to done,” Goldman said. “We’re hesitant” that it might happen again.

Three years ago, the synagogue was defaced with swastikas.



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