The Torahs were being stored in the garage in preparation for burial in the synagogue’s cemetery.
Matthew Amiot pleaded guilty, without being offered a deal, because he wanted to be released from jail to attend a meeting to find housing.
Matthew James Amiot, 36, was booked on suspicion of arson but the official charge is more lenient; he allegedly told police he set the fire in an
“We wish the Duluth Jewish community a peaceful and restful Shabbat as we continue to offer our full support.”
The cause of the fire is unclear.
Temple Israel of Duluth serves over 100 families and offers children’s programming.