Fire Destroys Brooklyn Shul


Firefighters saved the Torah scrolls in the ark of Beth Aaron Temple, but the interior of the Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, congregation was destroyed in a two-alarm fire last week, one month before the start of the High Holy Days.

No one was injured in the Aug. 31 blaze at 2261 Bragg St.

The fire, which displaced the 150-member congregation, a yeshiva day school that met in the two-story brick building, and homeless people who often found refuge there at night, was not suspicious, a Fire Department spokesman said.

A Fire Department investigation is under way.

Rabbis Mordecai and Sroya Sorcher, who have served as spiritual leaders of the synagogue since the late 1980s, said the congregation will rebuild. An alternate site in the neighborhood will be sought for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services.