(Click HERE for photos of the devastating damage) Early Monday morning the Miami Beach Community Kollel experienced an apparent arson attack. When Balle Battim arrived at about 6:00AM this morning to attend Rabbi Zvi Neuhaus’s early Gemara Shiur, they were quite a surprised to find the Kollel building filled with smoke.
They called the Miami Beach fire department which subsequently found not one, but two separate fires in different parts of the building – including one on the bima in the bais Medrash!
The Kollel is still assessing the extent of the damage but there B”H does not appear to be any major structural damage. The Sefrei Torah are kept in a fire proof safe and are all ok. The Kollel’s Bais medrash suffered the greatest damage and is not usable.
Until further notice all davening and shiurim will be held in other rooms.
Detectives are investigating the incident.
(Click HERE to view the Bais Medrash as it used to look.)