A window of a Brooklyn synagogue was smashed on the Sabbath while the rabbi and his family, including young children, were inside.
A large plate glass window was shattered in front of Chabad of Bushwick on Flushing Avenue, Rabbi Menachem Heller said.
Heller said his family, including nine children, stays at the center on the Sabbath.
They saw two people walking away from the scene.
Heller said they walked across the street and asked people to call 911 because, as observant Jews, they don’t use their phones on the Sabbath. They also flagged down police officers.
The city has seen a sharp increase in reported hate crimes so far in 2019, the NYPD said. Police had investigated 42 hate crimes through Feb. 4, compared with 19 at the same point last year. Most of those were anti-semitic.