Tornadoes damage Dallas JCC, Federation buildings

Nine tornadoes on Oct. 20 damaged numerous buildings in North Texas, including those housing the Dallas Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, JTA reported.

Nobody was killed or seriously injured, although Dallas-area Jewish neighborhoods also were damaged.

The JCC was without power and landline telephones for a couple days.

The Federation building sustained “substantial damage,” according to a Facebook post, with plans made to work offsite.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those whose homes and neighborhoods were impacted,” the post said. “We will rebuild together. We will heal together.”

In all, 104 buildings were destroyed, 286 suffered major damage and 344 sustained minor damage, according to a Dallas Fire-Rescue Department report. A state of disaster was declared across 15 counties.

One killed in former synagogue wall collapse

A wall that was part of the 169-year-old former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue in New York City collapsed Oct. 21 during a construction project, killing one worker and injuring another, JTA reported.

Polish immigrant Stanislaw Supinski, 52, of Queens, was killed.

The building, which dates to 1850, was a Baptist church before being bought in 1885, becoming the first Eastern European congregation in New York City; it served Russian Jews. The congregation closed the synagogue in 2007 because it didn’t have the $3 million to $4 million needed for repairs.

The building had been named a city landmark in 1967 and an endangered historic site since 2003. JN

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