Riverdale Temple

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The Riverdale Temple is a Reform synagogue in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City.[1] The congregation was founded in 1947.[2]

In the 2009 New York City bomb plot, a group of American Muslims planned to blow up the temple.[3] 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.[4]

In 2009, the rabbi was Judith S. Lewis.[1] In July 2015, Rabbi Lewis was replaced by Rabbi Thomas Gardner.

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  1. ^ a b Freedman, Samuel G. "Two Rabbis Find They’re Separated Only by Doctrine", The New York Times, May 30, 2009.
  2. ^ Olitzky, Kerry M.; Raphael, Marc Lee. The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook, Greenwood Press, June 30, 1996, p. 224
  3. ^ Hernandez, Javier C.; Chan, Sewell. "N.Y. Bomb Plot Suspects Acted Alone, Police Say", The New York Times, May 21, 2009.
  4. ^ "Targeted Bronx synagogues to get security funds" Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine., Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 2, 2009.

Coordinates: 40°53′30.31″N 73°54′46.47″W / 40.8917528°N 73.9129083°W / 40.8917528; -73.9129083