NEW YORK (Dec. 5)
Police today hunted the perpetrators of a crude bomb attack on a Manhattan synagogue, the third in two months. The bomb, a Molotov cocktail, was thrown at the window of Congregation Ahavath Chesed. The jar of flammable liquid with a smoldering wick, broke the window before it fell to the pavement without detonating. The bombers, believed to be several youths, fled.
Police reported finding a note fastened to the door which read: “Achtung Juden, Death to the Jewish Parasites of the Word.” The last word apparently was a misspelling for “world.” A second Molotov cocktail, without a wick, was found nearby. Mrs. Alta Halberstam, widow of Rabbi Benjamin Halberstam, who died last February, said that a brick had been thrown through a window two months ago and that a pellet had been fired through another window a week ago.