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NEW YORK – Fire fighters battled to put out a blaze that erupted at a synagogue
in the Upper East Side on Monday night injuring five people and causing serious
damage to the building.
The conflagration broke out at Kehilat Jeshurun shul
located on 125 East 85 Street between Lexington and Park avenues around 8:30
p.m., and was put out about two hours later.
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“As many of you are already
aware, we have suffered a serious fire in the synagogue tonight,” Rabbi Haskel
Lookstein, the head of the modern Orthodox congregation wrote in an
“Thank God, no one was in the building at the time, and no person
was hurt. The Sifrei Torah were not inside, however, the synagogue
appeared to be extensively damaged.
The rabbi said a team of fire
marshals were currently trying to determine the cause of the fire. “We are
grateful for the professional and speedy response of the FDNY, even as we brace
for a challenging period of rebuilding,” Lookstein wrote.
was founded 135 years ago and blends Orthodox religious practices alongside a
strong commitment to the State of Israel, according to its website.Jerusalem Post
staff contributed to this report.A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to the burnt synagogue as Bnei Jeshurun instead of Kehilath Jeshurun. We apologize for the mistake.