Toronto (April 24, 2020) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is disturbed to learn that a synagogue in Toronto was recently the target of an antisemitic Zoombombing attack.
In an email sent out last night, Shaarei Shomayim reported that its Zoom meeting on Sunday was attacked by a group of Zoombombers who shouted antisemitic slurs and posted pornographic images.
“As the coronavirus pandemic brings more people online, we are seeing a disturbing trend called Zoombombing gain popularity. What is very concerning is that Jewish groups and synagogues holding online services have been especially targeted by antisemitic Zoombombers who are exposing members – young and old – to such hateful and vile messages and images,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “Just like we have seen an increase in physical violent attacks on synagogues, we are now seeing an increase in online attacks, so we urge for more safety precautions to be taken during these times.”
Toronto Police Service is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The synagogue confirmed it will be taking a number of steps to protect its online presence.