In one seaside community, volunteers from New York’s Jewish Shomrim organization have discovered 22 damaged Torah scrolls.
The Torah scrolls were found in four Jewish centers that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in the seaside community of Belle Harbor, located in the New York City borough of Queens.
Also found were 30 pairs of damaged tefillin – the black prayer boxes used by Jewish men around the world during morning prayers. The devastation that resulted in Jewish communities up and down the Eastern Seaboard – and especially in the metro New York area – is absolutely overwhelming, residents have said.
In a posting on the local Yeshiva World News website, a 23 year old man wrote a desperate appeal for help, trying to describe in words a situation he had never encountered in his life. ”A few guys went back home to Far Rockaway, to help victims, for the first time since before the storm,” he wrote.
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