The prominent Iranian Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, was vandalised on Saturday morning, the New York Post reported on Sunday.
According to the Beverly Hills police, the suspect committed a series of minor vandalisms before he forced entry into the synagogue.
Police investigating after Persian Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills was vandalized pic.twitter.com/1lwqUeX5uf— Sephardic Heritage INternational DC (SHIN DC) (@Sephardic_in_DC) December 15, 2019
"The suspect damaged several Jewish relics, but fortunately the Synagogue's main scrolls survived unscathed. The disruption was primarily to the Synagogue's interior contents, and there is very limited structural damage," the official statement by the police department says.
The images of the incident shared on Twitter show that windows were broken, prayer books were torn and prayers shawls were destroyed by the suspect, who the police are now searching for.
These images are truly painful to look at.— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) December 15, 2019
Prayer books and Torah scrolls destroyed over the weekend at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills.
Our hearts break for the Jewish community while @LA_ADL is on the ground working with law enforcement in support where needed. pic.twitter.com/p37QILDCXD
Breaking News:— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) December 15, 2019
One of the world’s largest Persian Jewish congregations, Nessah synagogue in Beverly Hills, was attacked last night.
Two sefer Torahs were damaged. We stand in solidarity with LA’s Jewish community. https://t.co/9wQipFzyLp pic.twitter.com/qA5AaYQ3ZT
Nothing was stolen and nobody was injured in the incident, the police added.
Supposedly, last night nine torahs were stolen and Nessah synagogue was vandalized (windows smashed). One of the largest temples in Los Angeles, where is the outrage? @latimes @lanow @latimesopinion pic.twitter.com/aHuIkpkj30— Shayna Lavi (@lavi_shayna) December 14, 2019
The location was previously a Christian church that was rebuilt into a synagogue when the Iranian Jewish community purchased it in 2003.
The incident took place on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest.