21 years ago on October 8th, 2000
Attackers attempt to firebomb a synagogue in Riverdale in the Bronx
Hours before Yom Kippur, bottles filled with vodka and a flammable liquid were found outside the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale on West 250th Street in the Bronx. The bottles had burned wicks, but did not explode or catch fire.
Three Yonkers residents, aged 15 to 21, were convicted under the state's newly-expanded hate crimes law, serving between two years probation for the juvenile and 5 to 15 years for the arson charges against the oldest attacker. The two oldest attackers were of Palestinian descent and the oldest admitted during his arrest that the crime was motivated by his hatred aimed at Jews.
The synagogue still stands on 250th Street in Riverdale, celebrating more than 65 years serving the community.