NEW YORK (Dec. 14)
Vandals yesterday ripped Torah scrolls and damaged furniture at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, one of the oldest yeshivas in New York. Prayer shawls and books were found scattered in the synagogue on the first floor of the building while furniture was overturned and damaged in the classrooms on the upper floors.
Police said the culprits, apparently adolescents, gained entry during the night by removing a screen and breaking a window of the synagogue. A building custodian, who sleeps on the premises, was not awakened by any noise. Police suggested the vandalism may have been the work of not more than two boys who “thought they were having fun.” The area in which the yeshiva is located was at one time heavily populated by Jews, but the population had changed in recent years.