Torah Burned in Synagogue Fire in Lower Galilee

| January 31, 2012

Jewish congregants in Harish, located in the Lower Galilee and near the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm east of Hadera, arrived at synagogue on Saturday morning to find firefighters trying to put out a blaze that had erupted inside their house of worship.

By the time the fire was subdued a Torah scroll, a pair of tefillin [phylacteries], the library of holy books, and seating inside had been ravaged by the flames.

Fire officials declared the synagogue sealed to the public and fire investigators began searching the building for clues as to what caused the fire to start.

Worshippers now suspect arson since no Shabbat candles were lit inside and fire investigators did not discover an electrical fault.


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