HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Authorities are looking for a man who threw a Molotov cocktail at Temple Ner Tamid synagogue in Bloomfield early Sunday morning.
The man walked up to the main entrance of Temple Ner Tamid at 3:19 a.m. and threw the Molotov cocktail at the shatter-proof doors.
The fire went out on impact, and there was no damage.
Thankfully, the device did not work as intended, and the damage was limited. Police were on-scene and investigating.
The Chief Security Officer is working with the law enforcement partners locally, from Essex County, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, and security partners from the other Jewish Communal Security Programs in New Jersey and New York, as well as the Secure Community Network.
This incident comes amidst a climate of intimidation, intolerance, and a rising tide of anti-Jewish hate crimes and hates speech against Jews.
The Jewish Federation will continue working with all community partners to stand up to hate, build resilience, and promote safety and security.
All activities at the synagogue were canceled for Sunday, and they expect an ongoing, heightened police presence there this week.
The synagogue is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey.