Congregation whose synagogue burned worships in neighboring temple

Fridays are the beginning of the Sabbath for Jews across Westchester. Members of the Bet Am Shalom congregation in White Plains found themselves with no place to mark the Sabbath, because their synagogue burned down on Tuesday. But members of a nearby temple are opening their doors to their friends in need.

The Temple Israel congregation opened up its doors to their neighbors in need, allowing them to use their facility's gym as a makeshift synagogue. Some of Temple Israel's own congregants even showed up to worship with their displaced friends.

The Bet Am Shalom congregation say they plan to rebuild their temple, but there's no word yet on just how long that may take.

There were no injuries in Tuesday's fire. Fire officials say the cause of the blaze was an electrical short in the third floor apartment.

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