Trio of Thieves Busted Inside Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk
On Sunday, one day after Yom Kippur, three vandals broke into the long-dormant Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street in an apparent attempt to steal and vandalize. By chance, Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum was checking on the sanctuary, when he reportedly saw the men stacking copper memorial plates from the wall.
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According to an article published in the Daily News:
Jose Cruz, Ambioris Gonzalez and Carlos Rodriguez were charged with burglary and damaging houses of worship or religious articles for the break-in at the temple, which is the oldest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the country.
In addition to trying to make off with the copper memorials, which list the names of deceased synagogue members, the three men are accused of damaging several religious articles, including prayer books, a scroll and an ark.
Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was built in 1850 as a Baptist church and is considered the oldest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the nation.