In the 2009 New York City bomb plot, a group of American Muslims planned to blow up the temple. On May 30, 2009, New York Governor David Paterson announced he would give the Riverdale Jewish Center and the Riverdale Temple $25,000 each to improve their security. The money will come from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and will primarily involve the installation of alarms and surveillance equipment.
In 2009, the rabbi was Judith S. Lewis. In July 2015, Rabbi Lewis was replaced by Rabbi Thomas Gardner.
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- "Targeted Bronx synagogues to get security funds", Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 2, 2009.