After Two Violent Incidents, Brooklyn Leaders Gather To Condemn Anti-Semitism


An interfaith meeting of religious leaders and elected officials in Brooklyn will today denounce today recent anti-Semitic incidents in the borough.

The press conference at Borough Hall follows the the vandalizing Saturday night of a kosher butcher shop in the Crown Heights neighborhood and the beating last week of Leonard Petlakh, director of the Kings Bay Y, outside the Barclays Center following an exhibition game between the NBA Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Participants in today’s press conference will include Borough President Eric Adams, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Jewish Community Relations Council CEO Michael Miller, and Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy.

The attack on Petlakh is being investigated as a hate crime by the New York Police Department. Police have not announced if they consider the vandalism at Kosher Gourmet, in which a group of youth reportedly shouted anti-Semitic slogans, as a bias incident.