VIDEO: Authorities Suspecting Arson after Hatzolah Member’s Vehicle Goes up in Flames at Atlantic City Shul on Rosh Hashana

a1VIDEO: A Deal, NJ Hatzolah member and employee in Lakewood who serves as a Rav in Atlantic City, found his vehicle completely destroyed from a fire on Rosh Hashana in what detectives believe is ‘very suspicious’, the victim tells TLS.

David K., a Philadelphia resident and manager of a Lakewood hall tells TLS he was Davening for the Amud on Rosh Hashana when one of his Mispallelim asked him if he’d seen his vehicle parked in the rear of the Shul.

When he came outside, David found the charred license plate and burned pieces of his 2006 Ford Explorer. But it wasn’t until later that he found out what had apparently happened.

David says the neighbors witnessed several men suspiciously hanging out around the rear of the Shul after midnight, and a short time later saw his vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

The vehicle was completely destroyed, along with his Tefillin, and Hatzolah, Chaveirim and Misaskim equipment, as well as his emergency radios.

The fire department and fire marshals responded to the scene, along with detectives, and believe that foul play may have played a role in the incident, David tells TLS.

“They are taking this incident very seriously and are treating it very suspiciously,” David told TLS. A final report from the Fire Marshal’s office is not expected for at least a week, David says.



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  1. What do you expect?
    With 4 casinos shut and thousands of their workers ‘draying zich arim’ with nothing to do, I’m surprised nothing happened till now!

  2. david.
    May this be a kapara for you & this should be of the worse things to ever happen to you. & this should never happen to anyone in the future.

    You do so much for the community YOUR THE GREATEST

  3. David, Hashem yimaleh chesroncha.
    To all others reading this, a small suggestion : don’t leave tefillin in a car. On warm days the interior of a car can get hot enough to cause the ink on the parshis to run or stick, and causing the tiffilin to become posul.

  4. David,may it be a kaparah for you, your family and the rest of klal yisroel. Like Mike said, you are the greatest bal chesed around town. We should all be great full to have a guy like David around us. Keep on doing your great work !

  5. David your the man!

    If only these fools knew whose car they torched!

    I’ve never met anyone who takes such pleasure in helping other people when they need it most. Your dedication to Hatzalah (and I’m sure the other organizations you volunteer for) is unparalleled. Keep up the great work- as you always have- tiskeh lemitzvot!

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