A synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Stanton Street Shul, was found to be broken into and vandalized on October 14, The Jewish Press reported, citing an email from the historic Orthodox congregation’s president.
In the email to congregants, Rebecca Honig-Friedman said that “no one was hurt and the damage could have been much worse.”
Two of the lamps on the synagogue bimah were pulled off and broken, but nothing was stolen and the Torah scrolls were untouched, the email said. Papers and prayer shawls were strewn on the floor.
Police suspect the break-in was an attempted burglary rather than a hate crime.
The Stanton Street Shul is one of the last remaining tenement-style synagogues in the historically Jewish neighborhood.