Two Men Indicted in Rash of Firebombings at New Jersey Synagogues

Face Trial for Rash of Arson Attacks on Suburban Shuls


Published March 04, 2013.

A New Jersey grand jury indicted two men charged with firebombing several synagogues in the state.

Aakash Dalal and Anthony Graziano could face life in prison if convicted on all 30 counts in the indictment handed down last Friday.

Dalal and Graziano, who were 19 at the time of the crimes in 2012, are charged with bias intimidation, conspiracy to commit arson on a synagogue and aggravated arson, as well as attempted murder and terrorism charges.

Graziano was arrested in January 2012, shortly after the attacks in northern New Jersey’s Bergen County. Dalal was arrested in March of the same year.

One of the alleged attacks, on Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, injured Rabbi Nosson Schuman, who lives with his family in the synagogue residence. Molotov cocktails thrown at the synagogue set fire to the bedroom of the rabbi’s family.

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