SWC Condemns Vandalism and Burglary of Long Beach, NY Chabad

August 23, 2021

SWC Eastern Director Michael Cohen (2nd from right) seen here with Chabad of the Beaches Rabbi Eli Goodman (far left) at a press conference on the beach.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center expresses solidarity with Chabad of the Beaches and thanks Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald Walsh for the swift apprehension of the culprit who removed Torah Scrolls and Silver crowns. The synagogue, known as Chabad of the Beaches, in Long Beach, New York, was burgled over the weekend, the ark broken, Torah scrolls thrown around the floor and two other Torah scrolls stolen along with several pieces of silver.
Rabbi Eli Goodman points out the damage to the Torah ark at Chabad of the Beaches. SWC Eastern Director Michael Cohen with Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald Walsh.
Police announced on Sunday that they had arrested Hunter McLerath (aka Alexander McElrath), age 23, for Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Grand Larceny.
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