5 stabbed at Hasidic rabbi’s house in New York City suburb …

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Five people have been stabbed at an Hasidic rabbi's house in Rockland Country, outside of New York City, authorities say.

The attack occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the town of Monsey, a predominantly Orthodox Jewish community about 30 miles north of the city.

The incident happened at a Hanukkah celebration, according to an official with the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region.

All of the victims were said to be Hasidic Jews, part of an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judiasm.

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the New York Police Department was stepping up patrols at several synagogues in the city following a spate of anti-Semitic attacks over the past two weeks.

Three women were allegedly slapped Friday morning by another woman who said she thought they were Jewish, four days after surveillance video showed a 40-year-old man in traditional Jewish clothing being punched in the face.

"Anti-Semitism is an attack on the values of our city -- and we will confront it head-on," de Blasio said in a social media post Friday evening.

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