Incident Summary:

05/19/2019: An assailant threw three Molotov cocktails at the Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation and the JCC Jewish Community Center in Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at 540 West Melrose Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation
Specific Description Synagogue
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Three Molotov cocktails were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The synagogue was connected to the JCC Jewish Community Center.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"‘Together we will rise above the fear’: Jewish leaders defiant after molotov cocktails thrown at synagogue," Washington Post, May 21, 2019.
"Chicago synagogues targets of arson, vandalism; police step up patrols," USA Today, May 20, 2019.
"Caught On Video: Suspect In Arson Attempt At Lakeview Synagogue," CBS, May 20, 2019.