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Vandals Desecrate Synagogue in Los Angeles; Destroy Torah

Spurred by protests from religious leaders of all faiths, police today are intensifying their investigation of a case of vandalism against a Jewish place of worship here last week.

The sacrilege occurred at the Sun Valley Jewish Community Center. Worshippers arriving for services found that vandals had entered during the night through a broken window, destroyed the Holy Scroll, burned prayer books, and defaced the pulpit.

City Councilman Everett Burkhalter expressed the indignation of the community over the occurrence, ascribed it to juvenile delinquency, and declared that he will continue to keep in touch with the police department as efforts are made to apprehend the vandals.