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Brooklyn rabbi issues plea to help rebuild synagogue

Brooklyn rabbi issues plea to help rebuild synagogue wrecked by accidental fire it will take more than prayer to help salvage a Brooklyn synagogue devastated by fire, according to the temple’s rabbi. “We would greatly appreciate any assistance in rebuilding our synagogue,” Bnai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael’s Rabbi Baruch Yehudah said Wednesday. “It has been a beacon and a hallmark for the community for over 50 years. People’s whole lives are wrapped up in it.” The house of worship, on Patchen Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, went up in flames Tuesday morning. Yehudah said workers were repairing a leak on the western side of the building, when a blowtorch they were using ignited tar on the roof.The fire raged through the roof and attic of the nearly 150-year-old structure, leaving gaping holes and raining debris and water into the synagogue.“I don’t understand what they were doing,” Yehudah said, adding he hopes to come to a settlement with the contractor involved. Cops and fire marshals arrested Caesar Raynor, 71, of Dutchess County for reckless endangerment and violating a rule that bars the use of torches on combustible roofs.

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