RELEASE: Gottheimer Visits NJ Temple Following Antisemitic Molotov Cocktail Firebomb Attack — Shows Support for Temple and Congregation

Jan 30, 2023


Above: Gottheimer at Temple Ner Tamid with Rabbi Marc Katz in Bloomfield following the attack.

Today, January 30, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), visited Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield following this past weekend’s early morning Molotov cocktail firebomb attack. Gottheimer met with Rabbi Marc Katz and temple leadership this morning to show support for the congregation and religious freedom — and to let them know they are not alone in their fight against hate and antisemitism. Gottheimer, the only Jewish member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, has been at the forefront of combating antisemitism.

“I’m outraged by this attack on New Jersey’s Jewish community. We must remember that it is the strength of our community and our enduring faith that will guide us through these difficult times. In the greatest country in the world, religious freedom will win and antisemitism and hate will lose,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) “I want to thank local, state, and federal law enforcement for their fast response and the incredible community leaders from many different denominations for reaching out with offers of support. I ask everyone to please stay vigilant and continue to look out for one another. It’s up to us to stand up and fight back against this drastic and dangerous rise in antisemitism.”

Through his membership on the Homeland Security Committee, Gottheimer has been at the forefront of combating antisemitism and hate. That includes helping get a 22% increase for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program signed into law — to protect New Jersey houses of worship, schools, and local community organizations. Gottheimer has helped claw back more than $7.7 million in Nonprofit Security Grant Program investment to the Fifth District since 2016.

Last week, Gottheimer introduced new bipartisan legislation — the Holocaust Education and Antisemitism Lessons (HEAL) Act of 2023 — to require the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to conduct a study on Holocaust education efforts in public elementary and secondary schools.

Antisemitism continues to be on the rise in the United States. The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2021 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents captured more than 2,700 incidents throughout the U.S., a 34% increase from 2020 and the highest number on record since ADL began tracking these events in 1979. 

Gottheimer was joined today in Bloomfield by Rabbi Marc Katz. 

Below: Gottheimer at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield following the attack.


Recent Posts

May 24, 2024

RELEASE: Gottheimer Joins Congregation Bnai Yeshurun to Discuss Rising Antisemitism and Standing Against Hate at Home

Above: Gottheimer speaking at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun. TEANECK, NJ — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer held a fifth community discussion at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun. Gottheimer dialogued with Rabbi Elliot Schrier about rising antisemitism — online, on campuses, and in North Jersey communities — and his work to combat it. During the event, Congressman Gottheimer highlighted the record […]

May 23, 2024

RELEASE: Gottheimer, D’Esposito Introduce New Legislation to Hold the MTA Accountable for its Hypocrisy

Above: Gottheimer and D’Esposito announcing new legislation to stop MTA CEO Janno Lieber from using federal funds for a taxpayer-funded vehicle. WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Thursday, May 23, 2024, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Anthony D’Esposito (NY-4) introduced new legislation to stop MTA CEO Janno Lieber’s continued Congestion Tax hypocrisy. While hardworking commuters, nurses, teachers, […]

May 22, 2024

RELEASE: House Passes Gottheimer-led Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Crypto Regulation and Protect Consumers

Above: Gottheimer on the House floor. WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (FIT21), which U.S. Congressman Gottheimer helped negotiate in the Financial Services Committee, passed the House with bipartisan support. This bipartisan legislation clarifies regulation for digital assets, bolsters consumer protection, and ensures […]