Arson Attack on Russia's Largest Yeshiva 
Washington, D.C.  April 22, 2019

On the first night of Passover, Friday, April 19, the Torat Chaim Yeshiva in eastern Moscow suffered extensive damage after vandals lit a storage area on fire and scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on the building. The building was empty at the time of time attack, and the sixty rabbis, students and others celebrating Passover at the yeshiva were unharmed. The fire destroyed Torat Chaim’s storage area for kosher meat.

This morning we spoke with a representative of Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt to confirm the safety of those at Torat Chaim.  

NCSEJ urges the authorities to fully investigate this brazen anti-Semitic attack and to swiftly bring those guilty to justice. Further, government officials need to provide adequate security to ensure the safety and well-being of those at Torat Chaim and other Jewish sites.   
A rabbi examines the damage caused by the arson at the Torat Chaim yeshiva
Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled outside of the Torat Chaim synagogue. The Russian reads "Death Lives," while the 88 refers to "Heil Hitler."

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