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Whew! It wasn’t anti-Semitism at shul — just a regular burglary - Brooklyn Paper

Whew! It wasn’t anti-Semitism at shul — just a regular burglary

The window of Congregation B’Nai Avraham was smashed again this week, the latest attack on Rabbi Aaron Raskin’s Remsen Street shul.
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

A man broke into an often-attacked Remsen Street synagogue early Monday morning — but this time, it was common thievery, not anti-Semitism that appeared to be on the crook’s mind.

A neighbor called the cops after she heard shattering glass around at 4:05 am at Congregation B’Nai Avraham, which made international news last fall after swastikas were painted on the door and anti-Semitic fliers were left on area blocks.

There was another case of swastika graffiti against the Conservative shul in March.

But bias is not suspected this time, cops said.

The neighbor told cops that she noticed a man inside the synagogue, which is between Clinton and Henry streets, but by the time police arrived, the man was gone.

The burglar was wearing an argyle sweater and a dark hat, the witness said.

The incident is the second attempted burglary at Congregation B’nai Avraham this summer. On June 4, a man smashed the front door and tried to break in, but was thwarted when another neighbor called the cops after hearing shattered glass, and the burglar couldn’t get in the front door. That burglar also disappeared before police could arrive.

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