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New York police still gathering evidence at a Chabad synagogue after one man is beaten in an early-morning break-in hours before the final holiday of Passover.

A Brooklyn Chabad-Lubavitch Torah learning center and synagogue was broken into and robbed early Sunday morning (April 16) and the gabbai (beadle) who reportedly lived in the building was severely beaten.

Beis Medresh Beis Menachem Mendel in the Midwood section of Brooklyn was immediately cordoned off by New York City police after the gabbai was found by worshipers arriving for morning prayers, conscious but badly beaten, on the floor of the Torah center at 7:30 am EDT. The victim was taken to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

New York police still gathering evidence at a Chabad synagogue after an early morning break-in via a window, hours before the final holiday of Passover.

The perpetrators appeared to have climbed a stepladder on the side of the house, and broken into the building through a window.

Although cash and valuables were taken, the holy Torah scroll was not, local sources told It is believed the break-in took place at around 5:30 am, and police are allegedly seeking three suspects. The motive for the incident is not known.

DS Levi provided content for this report.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.