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Friday, September 15, 2023 11:32AM

NYPD warns of hightenened environment of threats as Rosh Hashanah begins

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Starting at sundown Friday night, Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah which marks the Jewish New Year.

It often includes prayers, food, and the blowing of a traditional horn called a shofar.

Meanwhile, the NYPD is issuing a warning to law enforcement agencies about the heightened environment of threats in our area.

Police note there have been high-profile acts of anti-Semitic violence and foiled plots, particularly around Jewish holidays.

Just Thursday night, police responded to a series of fake bomb threats at synagogues in New Jersey.

Anti-Semitic attacks have gone down in New York City by roughly 20% between now and this time last year.

However, the Anti-Defamation League says anti-Semitic incidents have gone up statewide from 416 in 2021 to 580 last year.

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