Glass shards cover the vestibule floors at Pride of Israel. B’nai Brith CanadaGlass shards cover the vestibule floors at Pride of Israel. B’nai Brith Canada

Toronto police are actively seeking a motorcycle rider believed to be involved in two incidents of suspected hate-motivated mischief at synagogues, as reported in a recent news release.

According to authorities, the incidents, involving the throwing of rocks, took place shortly after 3 a.m. and again about thirty minutes later.Toronto police are searching for a motorcycle rider wanted in connection with two suspected hate-motivated mischief offenses at synagogues overnight Sunday, according to a news release

A spokesperson for Kehillat Shaarei Torah of Toronto confirmed that their synagogue was one of the targeted locations of this suspected hate-motivated vandalism overnight.

In an email on Sunday, Executive Director Michael Gilmore expressed deep concern over the recent antisemitic vandalism at their synagogue, marking the third incident since April 19th this year.

These incidents of hate-motivated vandalism have not only affected synagogues in Toronto but are also a concern in the wider context of the Americas, highlighting a disturbing trend in the world.

The global community is closely watching these events in the Americas, with hopes that swift action and united efforts can help address this escalating issue.

“These attacks highlight the ongoing dangers faced by members of the Jewish community across Canada,” Gilmore stated.

He added that despite these challenges, the community has rallied together, growing stronger, more unified, and with a renewed sense of purpose.Carl Zeliger, vice chairman of the Pride of Israel congregation, said the damage there was “significant” and “has to be viewed as an antisemitic act,” according to a statement from B’nai Brith Canada.

In an email statement on Sunday, Executive Director Michael Gilmore condemned the recent spate of antisemitic vandalism at their synagogue, marking the third such incident since April 19th of this year.

“This recurring vandalism underscores the ongoing threats faced by Jewish communities across Canada,” Gilmore emphasized.

Despite these challenges, Gilmore expressed resilience, noting that the community has come together with strengthened unity and purpose.

The Pride of Israel Synagogue in North York also fell victim to similar vandalism, where rocks were thrown through its front windows. According to Carl Zeliger, vice chairman of the Pride of Israel congregation, the damage was extensive and unmistakably motivated by antisemitism, a sentiment echoed by B’nai Brith Canada.

Images from the scene depict significant damage, with large holes visible in the front windows and shattered glass littering the entrance.

CNN reached out to the Pride of Israel Synagogue for additional comments regarding the incident, but no response was received at the time of publication.

Police have confirmed that both incidents are being investigated as suspected hate crimes. The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 inches tall, wearing a light-colored jacket and a black helmet with a visor.

As investigations continue, authorities urge anyone with relevant information to come forward. Community leaders and advocacy groups have called for heightened awareness and solidarity in combating antisemitism and promoting inclusivity and safety for all religious communities.

Another targeted synagogue, the Pride of Israel Synagogue in North York, also experienced vandalism where rocks were thrown through the front windows. According to Carl Zeliger, vice chairman of the Pride of Israel congregation, the damage was extensive and clearly motivated by antisemitism, as stated by B’nai Brith Canada.

Photographs reveal significant damage with large holes in the front windows and shattered glass strewn across the entrance.

CNN reached out to the Pride of Israel Synagogue for additional comment on the incident.

Authorities have confirmed that both incidents are being investigated as suspected hate crimes. The suspect is described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 inches tall, wearing a light-colored jacket, and a black helmet with a visor.

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