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Rabbi aggressed in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights

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A number of Jewish residents have been attacked in Brooklyn over the past year.

NEW YORK—A 64-year-old rabbi was violently punched and hit in the face with a paving stone as he was walking through the Rochester Park in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the New York Post reported.

The victim, Rabbi Avraham Gopin, was hospitalized at Maimonides Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, but missing a few of his front teeth. He also suffered a broken nose and lacerations on his body.

The assailant took off.

No arrests have been made in connection to Gopin’s assault. Police were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

A number of Jewish residents have been attacked in Brooklyn over the past year.

For first time, Jewish school to install metal security doors 

In another development in the same area in New York,  a Crown Heights yeshiva for girls named Bnos Menachem has become the first in the city to install metal security doors in order to protect from antisemitic acts. The work is being done by an Israeli company.

In June, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) will be embedded in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to support police training, launch support programs for victims, improve coordination on hate crime reporting and work with affected groups to make sure victims come forward.

“In New York City, we celebrate and uphold our differences and reject any attempt to hate or divide,” said de Blasio.

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