Vandals desecrate synagogue in Montreal; destroy Torahs, prayer books

A scene of desecration at the 
Congrégation Tifereth Beth David Jérusalem
 in Côte St-Luc
Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec - a congregant visited the Sepharade Kol Yehouda synagogue in Côte St-Luc, Que. with his son to retrieve ritual items for use at home over the Shavuot holiday, which begins Thursday night.

He was horrified to find Torah scrolls dumped on the floor, and other religious items stuffed into toilets. Torah scrolls are considered extremely sacred in Judaism, to the extent that damaged scrolls are typically buried in a cemetery, rather than being disposed of in any other manner.

Since the synagogue has been closed for months on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear precisely when the break-in and desecration occurred.

B’nai Brith Canada swiftly reported the damage to Montreal Police, and requested that other local synagogues be checked as well, in case they have also been vandalized while congregants have been absent.

"This disgusting act of antisemitism comes on the eve of our holiday of Shavuot, a celebration of the Jews receiving the Torah, especially the Ten Commandments,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.



The scene at the Congregation Sepharde Kol Yehudaa in Montreal. Thursday May 28, 2020. 
Courtesy B'nai Brith 


Source: Bnai Brith