71-Year-Old Man Arrested in Fire at Historic Patchen Ave. Shul


A 71-year-old man is in custody after police said he set fire to the roof of a historic synagogue in Brooklyn while working there Tuesday morning.

No one was inside the Bnai Adas Kol Bais Yisrael synagogue on Patchen Avenue in Brooklyn-Stuyvesant when the fire broke out, so firefighters focused on rescuing sacred scrolls and Torahs.

Fire officials said two men were working on the roof, one of them using a blow torch, when one of them, Caesar Raynor, allegedly set it on fire. Police have charged Raynor with reckless endangerment. Read more at NBC News.



  1. I saw the Rav of the Shul being interviewed on a different website. He looks like a very chashuva Rav. Was this ever a heimisha shul, back in the day?


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