Molotov Cocktail Thrown at New Jersey Synagogue, Investigations Underway

On Sunday morning, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the front door of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, New Jersey, before the suspect fled the scene.[0] The bottle made of glass shattered but did not cause any harm.[1]

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted on Sunday that he had been briefed about the incident, condemning the act and declaring that [3]there is no place for violence or hate in New Jersey.[3][2]

A joint investigation into the incident is underway by Bloomfield detectives, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.[4] Those who possess any information are urged to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084, or send any relevant video to, by the department's public safety division.[5]

In a joint statement, the Anti-Defamation League of New York/New Jersey, the Jewish Federations of North Jersey and other groups said they were [3]outraged[3] to hear of the incident, which came just days after International Holocaust Remembrance Day and within months of other security threats to New Jersey synagogues. In 2021, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported 2,717 antisemitic incidents in the United States, which marks a 34% rise from the year prior and is the highest number since ADL began tracking such incidents in 1979.[7]

Rabbi Marc Katz of Temple Ner Tamid said in a statement, “We have and will continue to do everything in our power to keep our community safe.[8] All went as planned.[9] The incident was captured on our cameras, and our shatter-resistant doors were effective.[10] I am unable to persuade our community not to become discouraged.[8] Hate is pervasive, and it will prevail if we do not prevent its spread.[9] Whenever this burden becomes too much, I remind my congregation that every day, despite our circumstances, babies are given names, children are taught, and marriages are celebrated within Jewish communities all over the world.[9][3]

New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin also said his office was aware of a Saturday incident involving “an attack on members of a church in Monmouth County,” that was suspected of being bias-related, though he did not identify the church or its location, or describe what had happened.[11]

The police in Livingston, which is located about 8 miles west of Bloomfield, will be increasing their patrols of synagogues in the area due to the attack.[12]

0. “Molotov cocktail thrown at New Jersey synagogue, police say” The Hill, 30 Jan. 2023,

1. “Your Daily Phil: Reactions to the Jerusalem attack + CUNY's chancellor on fighting antisemitism” eJewish Philanthropy, 30 Jan. 2023,

2. “A community is on edge after a man threw a Molotov cocktail at a New Jersey synagogue” WUNC, 30 Jan. 2023,

3. “Rep. Sherrill Statement on Attack on Temple Ner Tamid” Mikie Sherrill, 29 Jan. 2023,

4. “Firebomb thrown at N.J. synagogue. No injuries, minimal damage reported.”, 29 Jan. 2023,

5. “Bloomfield synagogue attacked with Molotov cocktail, police say” Montclair Local, 29 Jan. 2023,

6. “Summit Police Increase Patrols After Attempted Arson At NJ Synagogue” Patch, 30 Jan. 2023,

7. “New Jersey police searching for man who threw molotov cocktail at synagogue” Fox News, 30 Jan. 2023,

8. “‘Do It For Kanye': Assault on Jewish Man and Arson Attempt on Synagogue Add to Wave of Antisemitic Hate Crimes in US” Algemeiner, 30 Jan. 2023,

9. “Man throws Molotov cocktail at New Jersey synagogue in arson attempt, police say” CNN, 30 Jan. 2023,

10. “A Man Threw A Molotov Cocktail At A New Jersey Synagogue” BuzzFeed News, 30 Jan. 2023,

11. “Masked Man Wanted After Hurling Molotov Cocktail At New Jersey Synagogue: Police” HuffPost, 29 Jan. 2023,

12. “Police: Molotov Cocktail Thrown at N.J. Synagogue in Arson Attempt” Newsmax, 30 Jan. 2023,