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Thugs Enter Temple, Trample Upon Scroll

Vandals forced their way into Temple Keneseth Israel, an Orthodox house of worship here, breaking into the ark, and desecrated the Torah.

The sexton found the scroll unrolled and trampled upon. It is believed intruders were looking for money and vented their annoyance when only a small amount of coin was found.

Services have been held to purify the scroll.