(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post)
A fire in the Heichal Shlomo synagogue on Panim Meirot Street in the capital’s Romema neighborhood was likely the result of arson, police said on Sunday, although a motive or other background to the apparent crime had yet to be identified.
The blaze, which started inside the synagogue on Saturday night as
revelers nearby burned bonfires in honor of Lag B’omer, damaged the ark
and its curtains before passersby were able to douse the flames.
police and synagogue members from the mostly-haredi area told The
Jerusalem Post they had no idea who started the fire or why.