Teenager Arrested For Torching Historic Synagogue

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On Sunday, May 14 a fire broke out in a synagogue in the Lower East side of Manhattan, New York. The blaze destroyed the roof and walls of the Beth HaMedrash HaGadol Synagogue, severely damaging part of the interior. A 14 -year-old boy was arrested by police on arson charges, after he was spotted on a surveillance camera leaving with two additional teenagers shortly before the fire broke out. The police have not released the boy’s name, since he is a minor.

The synagogue was built in the Gothic Revival style, having originally been used as a Baptist church, according to city records.

In 1885, the building was acquired by the Beth Hamedrash HaGadol congregation and consisted of Eastern European Jews. It was converted into a synagogue when the neighborhood became the heart of strong immigrant Jewish community in the United States.

The synagogue has been closed since 2007 due to low attendance city records show.

Source: Israel Hayom

Image: Reuters

By: Hadassah Schwarz

 

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