Fire Consumes Historic Connecticut Synagogue, Torahs Survive

A fire seriously damaged a historic synagogue in Connecticut on Sunday morning.

Flames consumed the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont in Milford, Connecticut, at approximately 9:30 Sunday morning. No injuries were reported.

“It’s massive destruction. The building will have to be totally redone” congregation president Joel Levitz told The Connecticut Post.

While the synagogue’s two Torah scrolls were damaged, the congregation’s rabbi, Schneur Wilhelm said that he believes they are salvageable. The scrolls were taken to the Chabad of Orange-Woodbridge on Monday, where they were unrolled to dry them out.

“I was told that I should unroll the scrolls while they’re still wet — if I wait, the damage will be far worse,” Rabbi Wilhalm said, according to the Connecticut Post. “Parts of them are charred and have really blackened and they might have to replace an entire section. It’s really hard to say until a scribe can assess the damage.”


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