3 People Seen Fleeing Synagogue During Wild Inferno


Three people were caught on surveillance video fleeing an abandoned Lower East Side synagogue as it erupted in flames, police sources said Monday.

The footage shows the trio sprinting from the historic Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue — which has been plagued by trespassing teens for weeks — right around the start of Sunday’s 7 p.m. blaze, sources said.

“It’s just devastating. There’s no other way to put it,’’ Holly Kaye, who worked for years to save the 167-year-old structure, said of the destruction.

Aerial photos show the charred landmarked building on Norfolk Street completely gutted and its facade destroyed.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the blaze. Read more at NYPost.



  1. It was, apparently, struck by a “lightning”. Those happen quite regularly at insured and abandoned buildings, especially when those are unassailable landmarks, standing on prime real estate.
    Let us hope that this wasn’t a Jewish variety of the electrical discharge.

  2. Several parties have been trying to cash in on this property for a long time. I suspect nefarious action here.

  3. One of the most distinguished shuls in the story of america
    going back to mr.jonas and his uncompromising oilam of the 1870s


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