New City, N.Y. - Synagogue Vandalized

A synagogue that was undergoing repairs after it was destroyed by fire a year ago was vandalized by someone who broke in overnight and damaged the sanctuary.

"It's adding insult to injury," said Herb Boxer, president of the West Clarkstown Jewish Center. "This is horrible — I don't know how else to put it."

Clarkstown police were called to the building on West Clarkstown Road late Thursday night.

It appeared that the vandals got in through a window. Because of ongoing repair work, there is construction material in the building.

Boxer said that whoever broke into the building took joint compound, a substance similar to plaster, and spread it on the windows and walls.

Pieces of Jerusalem stone, a type of limestone common in Israel, that the congregation had hoped to use to decorate the ark holding the Torah, were glued to the walls as well, Boxer said.

A vandal also defecated on the synagogue floor.

The Journal News


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