Restaurant owner evicts Dutch Jewish community from synagogue

Tom Furstenberg, right, and a member of the Jewish community of Deventer carries out the Torah ark of their former synagogue, July 30, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

DEVENTER, Netherlands (JTA) — The Jewish community of this Dutch city was evicted Monday from its former synagogue in what members said was the first such occurrence in years in the kingdom.

Members of Beth Shoshanna, a Masorti/Conservative Jewish congregation of approximately 30 people, packed up and loaded into a van their Torah scroll and other scripture, as well as other items used for worship and furniture. The move followed a legal fight against the building’s new owners, who are seeking to turn it into a restaurant.

“It’s a very heavy feeling that this thing can happen here in 2018,” said Tom Furstenberg, the community’s chairman.

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