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B’nai Brith Canada Condemns Attack Targeting Another Toronto Synagogue

Shattered glass panels above the front doors of the Pride of Israel Synagogue Sunday

June 30, 2024

TORONTO – B’nai Brith is appalled after yet another attack targeting a Jewish institution in Canada.

Police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime after multiple rocks were thrown through a glass panel above the front doors of the Pride of Israel Synagogue in North York, Ont. The rocks were thrown in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Carl Zeliger, vice-chairman of the congregation, told B’nai Brith Canada that the damage caused was “significant” and “has to be viewed as an antisemitic act.” He said a witness saw an individual on a motorcycle hurling stones at the glass above the doors.

Glass shards covering the vestibule floors at Pride of Israel following this morning’s attack.

This incident is the latest of a string of antisemitic attacks targeting Jewish institutions in Canada since Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel Oct. 7, 2023. Earlier this month, B’nai Brith compiled a list of 18 attacks on Jewish schools and synagogues since early November. These include shootings, firebombings, bomb threats and vandalism.

“It is out of control, and must stop,” said Judy Foldes, Chief Operating Officer for B’nai Brith Canada. “We implore police forces to monitor Jewish institutions closely and vigilantly during this troubling time for Jewish Canadians.”