Riverdale Jewish Center

The Riverdale Jewish Center is an Orthodox synagogue in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City.[1]

The synagogue was founded by the Communal Services Division of Yeshiva University and has always identified itself as a bastion of that institution. Its rabbis included its founder Jacob Sable, Irving Greenberg, Yehezkel Hartmann, Joshua Shmidman, Abner Weiss and Jonathan Rosenblatt.[2][3] The rabbi is Rabbi Yitzi Genack, while the Senior Rabbi is Rabbi Dovid Zirkind. In the 2009 New York City bomb plot the New York City Police Department foiled a plot by American Muslims to bomb the synagogue.[4] On May 30, 2009, New York Governor David Paterson announced he would give the Center and the Riverdale Reform Temple $25,000 each to improve their security.[5] The charter school Atmosphere Academy uses part of the building during the week for 8th grade classes.

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  1. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. "Two Rabbis Find They’re Separated Only by Doctrine", The New York Times', May 30, 2009.
  2. ^ Ohlheiser, Michelle Boorstein, Abby; Larimer, Sarah (2014-11-18). "American victims of synagogue attack include rabbi from 'family of princes'". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  3. ^ Staff, JLNJ. "RJC: Rabbi Rosenblatt to Step Down". The Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester & Connecticut. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. ^ Hernandez, Javier C.; Chan, Sewell. "N.Y. Bomb Plot Suspects Acted Alone, Police Say", The New York Times, May 21, 2009.
  5. ^ "Targeted Bronx synagogues to get security funds" Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 2, 2009.

Coordinates: 40°53′16.89″N 73°54′45.97″W / 40.8880250°N 73.9127694°W / 40.8880250; -73.9127694