CHICAGO — Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood was the target of an attempted arson attack over the weekend.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the synagogue’s rabbi, David Wolkenfeld, hopes video from a surveillance camera could lead to an arrest.
“It’s not the most pristine image,” Wolkenfeld told the newspaper. “You can clearly see what’s happening. Hopefully, that will be enough to figure out who did this.”
According to the Sun-Times, members of the synagogue found broken glass and charred cloth towels early Sunday morning. Wokenfeld said that the synagogue had never experienced something like this before.
According to VICE News, police are investigating the arson attempt as a possible hate crime.
The Sun-Times reported that police were also investigating broken car windows near a Rogers Park synagogue over the weekend as well. They are being considered separate incidents.
Video stills of the possible arsonist are at the Sun-Times and VICE News websites.