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Antisemitic Vandalism Rocks Chabad Synagogue in Thornhill, Ont.

A vandal attacks Chabad at Flamingo synagogue in Thornhill, Ont. on March 21, 2018 (Photo Credit: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan Facebook)

March 21, 2018

By Daniel Koren
Media Coordinator
B’nai Brith Canada

THORNHILL, Ont. – B’nai Brith Canada is appalled after learning Wednesday morning that a synagogue in Thornhill, Ont. has been targeted by antisemitic vandalism.

On Wednesday at about 9:40 a.m., a vandal smashed the glass doors of Chabad at Flamingo with a rock, according to Chabad Rabbi Mendel Kaplan.

York Regional Police have been contacted and are on the scene.

At 11 a.m., Rabbi Kaplan shared information about the incident to his Facebook page. “ANTISEMITIC ATTACK IN THORNHILL!!!” he wrote. “Our cameras show a man walking by our shul… stopping multiple times looking for rocks — and then running back TWICE to hatefully smash the glass doors. York Regional Police are on the scene and a manhunt is underway. I will post the video shortly.”

Chabad at Flamingo contacted B’nai Brith shortly after the incident. B’nai Brith has offered its full support and assistance.

“It is both despicable and lamentable that someone would feel the need to resort to such vile behaviour,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “We trust that police will investigate this matter seriously.”

If you witnessed the attack or have any information, please contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 or leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers of York Region at 1-800-222-8477.