A synagogue in Thornhill was the target of alleged anti-Semitic vandalism on Wednesday morning, according to B’nai Brith Canada, prompting a police investigation.
Rabbi Mendel Kaplan says around 9:40 a.m., the glass doors of Chabad Flamingo were smashed with a rock.
On his Facebook page, Rabbi Kaplan says a man walked by the synagogue, stopped multiple times to look for rocks and then ran back twice to “hatefully smash the glass doors.”
ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACK IN THORNHILL!!! Our cameras’ show a man walking by our Shul… stopping multiple times looking for…
Rabbi Kaplan also posted two different angles of security camera footage that captured the incident.
In the videos, a man in a black parka can be seen throwing a large rock at the glass doors. The rock bounces off the door and splits in two when it hits the ground. A short while later, the man is seen running back and throwing a piece of the broken rock against the doors again.
The suspect has been described as a male, between 20 and 30 years of age, five-foot-eight to five-foot-ten with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a dark grey or black North Face-style winter coat with fur-trimmed hood, black hooded-sweatshirt with the hood up, grey jeans and black Nike sneakers with the ‘swoosh’ on the toe area.
The York Regional Police Hate Crime Unit and the #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.