Prayer Shawls Stuffed In Toilets And Torah Scrolls Cut Up In Vandalism At Montreal Synagogue

Prayer shawls and tefillin were stuffed into toilets at the Kol Yehouda Sephardic congregation in a Montreal suburb with a large Jewish population. (Courtesy of B'nai Brith Canada)

MONTREAL (JTA)—Vandals ransacked a small Montreal synagogue sometime after it closed weeks ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic in what was described as one of the worst local synagogue desecrations in memory.

The damage at the Kol Yehouda Sephardic congregation included tallitot, or prayer shawls, and tefillin stuffed in toilets; Torah scrolls cut up and tossed on the floor; other religious items seriously damaged; and illegibly scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti.

The small congregation is housed in a private residence in the largely Jewish suburb of Côte St. Luc.

Police were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime but face the challenge of finding out when the incident actually happened.

“Clearly, no one can go inside and not be sensitive to what happened,” said congregant Ralph Amar, who discovered the vandalism on Wednesday when he passed by to pick up some items for the Shavuot holiday.

He called the incident “heinous” and a “carnage.”

Similarly, David Birnbaum, provincial parliamentarian for the electoral district where the synagogue is located, called the incident a “disgusting, cowardly” act.

B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn was “appalled” by “this disgusting act of anti-Semitism on the eve of … Shavuot,” the holiday marking the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people.

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  1. Ok…let the schnorring begin…If you didnt get the memo Jewish life in the golus is a delusion. Its temporary.

    The only future for Yidden is Eretz Yisroel. Yes there are issues there, however we can make it better.

    America, Canada is not our home. Covid and the current civil uprising we see right now is a harbinger of whats to come.

    Its the perfect storm, and who do you think is going to be the korban?

    Its us Jews. Read history to understand. Its time to get out. The writing is clearly on the wall.

  2. This is the war of Gog and Magog ; GeorGe has two ” G’s” ( or gimels ) and the fact that it all happened in Minniapolis Minniesota clearly gives us the letter ” M ” or Mem . .. This is the beginning of the end . Moshiach is HERE !!!!!


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