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The NYPD is offering a reward of $3500 to anyone with information on a woman who was caught on video lighting a book and piece of cloth on fire before tossing them both at the entrance of a Manhattan synagogue at about 1 a.m. on May 19. 

The synagogue that was attacked during the time was the Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park, and according to reports, the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. Luckily, there was no serious damage to the building, police said.

The NYPD has posted a video on its Crime Stoppers Page which shows \the woman walking down a sidewalk in all-black attire, wearing a white baseball cap, and carrying a green bag. 

The NYPD wrote on Twitter, “WANTED for an Arson at 28 Gramercy Park South. #Manhattan  @NYPD13pct on 5/19/22 @ 1:25 AM the individual approached the Brotherhood Synagogue and lit a book and a piece of cloth on fire and threw them through the Synagogue’s metal gate.   Reward up to $3500 Call 1-800-577-TIPS.”

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Saturday afternoon denounced the attempted arson. “Any attack targeting a house of worship must be condemned in the strongest terms possible, with the alleged perpetrator apprehended swiftly to face the full force of the law,” CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said in a statement. “Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must join together in challenging the growing bigotry we are witnessing nationwide.”

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