Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

You Can Now Watch LES-Based ‘Off Track Betty’ Online

Posted June 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

If you missed the showing of Clayton Dean Smith’s Off Track Betty at the Friends of the Elizabeth Street Garden Film Festival, you have another chance yet. Pulling down accolades from the 2016 Brooklyn Film Festival, the nineteen-minute short is now available for your online viewing pleasure, free of charge. The film tells the story of a longtime […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Won’t Survive, Here’s Why

Last modified June 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, on the Lower East Side for 167 years, is coming down. And there isn’t much that can be salvaged. That was the determination presented to the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night, alongside news that the Department of Buildings already approves full demolition of the city-designated landmark. Structural […]

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Rabbi Proposes Demolition of Torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

It’s not looking good for the once illustrious Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Mendel Greenbaum, rabbi of the fire-ravaged house of worship, filed an application with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to demolish the centuries-old structure. There had been plans in the immediate aftermath of the three-alarm blaze, intentionally set by a 14-year-old boy, to potentially rehabilitate the synagogue. […]

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Report: LES Synagogue Arsonist Identified, Released Without Charges

Posted June 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

David Diaz is reportedly the Lower East Side teenager accused of torching the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The New York Post identified the accused, while reporting yesterday that the boy appeared in Manhattan Family Court for what was supposed to be his arraignment for the May 14 fire. However, Diaz left the facility after a brief meeting […]

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Rabbi Appeals to Area Jews to Keep Spotlight on Destroyed Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:03 am

The site of the ruined Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue – felled by fire two weeks ago, has been eerily silent of late. Its hollowed-out sanctuary, for the time being, remains jailed behind a perimeter fence, attracting the gaze of camera-wielding locals. The 14-year-old who allegedly started the fire – a Lower East Sider – was arrested […]

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Can Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Bounce Back from this Arsonist Inferno?

Last modified May 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

It’s become international news – the three-alarm fire that engulfed the inner sanctuary of the 167-year-old 60 Norfolk Street, formerly home to Beth Hamedrash Hagadol (“BHH”). The investigation is still ongoing, but here are some updates. First, at the top of our list: Was it arson? Yes. The 14-year-old kid who allegedly started the fire – […]

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14-Year-Old Arrested in Connection to LES Synagogue Fire

Last modified May 17, 2017 at 9:51 am

In a quick turn of events, one of three teenagers was arrested yesterday in connection to the tragic fire that hollowed out the historic Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The 14-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was apparently arrested and taken into custody last night during the monthly 7th Precinct community council. […]

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Cops Are Investigating Lower East Side Synagogue Fire as ‘Arson’

Posted May 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Top officials at the NYPD announced last night that the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol fire was arson. The revelation was a slow leak, arriving one day after the 7th Precinct cited surveillance video allegedly showing three perps – two male, one female – fleeing from the house of worship as it went up in flames. The […]

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Before Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was Destroyed by Fire [PHOTOS]

Posted May 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

One of the oldest synagogue buildings on the Lower East Side is on death’s door. Sunday night at around 7pm, a 3-alarm fire broke out in the vacant Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The blaze hollowed out the structure, leaving naught but a charred facade. It’s totally destroyed. So, we thought it appropriate to revisit […]

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Report: 3 ‘Kids’ Seen Fleeing Beth Hamedrash Hagadol as it Erupted in Flames

Last modified May 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Less than 24 hours after the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue became an inferno, sources tell the New York Post that three people were seen fleeing the historic house of worship just as it burst into flames. The FDNY is reportedly still trying to determine the cause of the three-alarm fire, which left the 167-year-old landmark […]