Woman Charged With Hate Crime for Throwing Pork Chops at Upstate NY Synagogue

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Tara Rios was arraigned with first-degree harassment. (WRGB Albany)

GREENPORT, NY (JTA) – An upstate New York woman has been charged with a hate crime for throwing pieces of pork at a local synagogue.

Tara Rios, 47, of Hudson, was arraigned in Livingston Town Court on Saturday and charged with first-degree harassment as a hate crime, according to local reports.

Rios went to Congregation Anshe Emeth in Greenport on Jan. 19 and threw a package of pork chops on its front steps, CBS 6 Albany reported. She returned to the synagogue at 3 a.m. to photograph her actions, police said.

She was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to return to court on Monday.

“These acts caused the membership of Congregation Anshe Emeth to be in reasonable fear of further anti-Semitic acts which could result in physical injury,” according to the criminal complaint filed by state police, Columbia-Greene Media reported.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. it is really impressive that they have the same rabbi for 40 years. How many shuls can claim that, other than shuls where the rabbi is the boss and the shul is in his house or belongs to him?

    • you are 100% correct – we shouldn’t draw attention to such nonsense – I have always been against the idea of “hate crimes” legislation – if someone commits a crime, it shouldn’t matter why they did it so much – this wouldn’t be a crime at all really, it is just bizarre behavior

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