The victims were Hasidic Jews, the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley Region said in a tweet. Two people are in critical condition, council co-founder Yossi Gestetner told CNN.
One of the victims was the son of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, at whose home the attack unfolded, and another victim suffered head wounds and is in serious conditions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The rabbi's son is recovering, he said.
The attacker pulled out a knife that was "almost like a broomstick," said Aron Kohn, who attended the Hanukkah celebration.
There were at least 100 people in the home at the time, as the rabbi was "lighting the candle" on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Kohn said.
The suspect tried to run into a nearby synagogue, but someone closed the doors, Kohn added.
Rockland County -- where the stabbing took place -- has the largest Jewish population per capita of any US county, according to New York state. About 90,000 residents, almost a third of the county's population, are Jewish, Weidel said.
This is the second stabbing in Monsey since November. An Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed several times November 20 while walking to synagogue, officials said. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery.
Saturday's stabbing is the 13th act of anti-Semitism in the state in the last three weeks, Cuomo told reporters.
Вчера на евреев напали и порубили мачете пятерых. Преступника потом поймали в Гарлеме, но на его принадлежности (а он, выходит, негр) никто заострять внимание не будет. Причем, в этом оазисе хасидов это второе нападение в недавнее время. В ноябре уже одного еврея резали. А вообще, это 13 инцидент направленный против евреев за последние 3 недели. Но у брайтоновских мудозвонов все антисемиты - это в России.