Fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday morning, gutting the historic Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont synagogue.
Firefighters arrived shortly after the blaze began and were confronted by large flames and heavy smoke, witnesses say.
Firefighters reported no injuries, and the synagogue’s rabbi, Schneur Wilhelm said no one was in the building at the time of the blaze.
Neighbors and congregation members were on hand in the fire’s aftermath, offering help and expressing dismay.
“This is like a surreal scene,” a witness pointed out as he observed the wreckage shortly after the blaze was extinguished.
According to the congregation’s website, the small white synagogue with stained glass windows was established in 1926 and is located at 15 Edgefield Avenue. The congregation is unique in that it meets only in the summer months in Woodmont.
Rabbi Wilhem, who became rabbi a little over 5 years ago, is the congregations first permanent rabbi. Upon hearing confirmation that there were no injuries, he expressed gratitude. “Thank God,” he said.
The synagogue’s adjoining social hall did not appear to be damaged during the fire and officials say they are investigating the cause of the blaze.