WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Aug. 16)
A powerful firebomb destroyed most of the home of Rabbi Solomon Krupka, the spiritual leader of Young Israel Synagogue here, early this morning. A member of the rabbi’s family said that no one was injured in the blast.
The explosion at the rabbi’s private residence followed two similar pre-down incidents against Jewish targets here in less than a week. Arson destroyed the sanctuary and study hall of Young Israel Synagogue last Wednesday. Many religious articles and prayer books, as well as the synagogue’s main halls, were also destroyed. The Torah scrolls suffered only minor damage.
A suspicious fire also hit Emanuel Synagogue, a Conservative congregation, early yesterday. The main damage was to the small sanctuary, but some Torah scrolls were destroyed in the main sanctuary. Police investigating the three incidents have not been able to establish who was responsible for the attacks or if they indicated a pattern of anti-Semitic activity.