Blaze damages J’lem synagogue

Heichal Shlomo synagogue fire likely arson, Police say.

By ABE SELIG
May 3, 2010 03:41
The burnt Heichal Shlomo synagogue on Panim Meirot

burntsynagouge311. (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.

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Both police and synagogue members from the mostly-haredi area told The Jerusalem Post they had no idea who started the fire or why.


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