Brooklyn, NY – Worker Charged In Brooklyn Hebrew Israelite Congregation Fire


    (Lloyd Mitchell/, NY – A 71-year-old maintenance worker is being charged with reckless endangerment Monday after a fire burned through the roof of a Brooklyn synagogue.

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    More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at the B’nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael synagogue on Patchen and Greene avenues in Bed-Stuy at about 9:10 a.m. No injuries were reported.

    The fire is not being labeled an arson and the man charged is believed to be a worker who accidentally started the fire.

    Crews were on the roof working with torches when the blaze broke out and police spoke with some of those workers at the precinct, WABC reported.

    Firefighters managed to retrieve several Torah scrolls from the synagogue.

    The synagogue which is a Hebrew Israelite congregation has been home to the B’nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael congregation since 1967, according to the congregation’s website.
    A firefighter retrieves a Torah scrolls from the synagogue. (Lloyd Mitchell/

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    6 years ago

    This building was a temple for the Israelite community.

    From Wikipedia: “Black Hebrew Israelites (also called Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites) are groups of African Americans who believe that they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of both Christianity and Judaism. They are not recognized as Jews by the greater Jewish community. Many choose to identify themselves as Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrews rather than Jews in order to indicate their claimed historic connections”

    6 years ago

    I visited this cong. several years ago and met an elderly woman who spoke to me. in fluent hebrew and her grandchildren were wearing tzitz .She told me in hebrew,that she buys meat in the east side.I never did get to see the inside of the syn. The neighborhood was heavily jewish in the 1890s till 1930s and there were synagogues on almost every street. many of those buildings still survive as churches today