Cape Town shule engulfed by fire

December 5, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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A massive fire has engulfed the Beit Midrash Morasha synagogue in Sea Point, Cape Town.

A statement has been released by the Cape Jewish  Board of Deputies Chairman Rael Kaimowitz, saying heartfelt prayers are with Rabbi Thurgood and the entire congregation at the Arthurs Road. The SAJBD (Cape Council) can confirm on behalf of the synagogue that there are no injuries and investigators report no signs of foul play at this stage and await the outcome of a full investigation.

Rescuing siddurim

The  City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services need to be thanked for their bravery as they battle this blaze. We know that every effort is being made to save any holy books and religious articles. Once we have more information, we will post further updates on the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies”. Rael Kaimowitz, Chairman

A video of singing and saving the siddurim by the community was posted on Reddit :

The community asked members in Sea Point to join them at 6:30 am for Shacharit Minyan, outside the beloved “Arthur’s Rd Shul”. Let’s stand together as a community.

The Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies put out a media statement early this morning and will update the community as they find out more information.

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