Incident Summary:

5/27/1970: In a series of two related incidents, unknown perpetrators burned a sacred Torah Scroll and ransacked the Chevra Shas synagogue in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. There were no casualties but the Torah scroll was destroyed. This is believed to be part of a campaign to scare Jews out of the Dorchester area.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Synagogue in the Dorchester area of Boston
Specific Description Chevra Shas synagogue
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
Set fire and vandalized building
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This is part of a multiple attack with 197005270003. Three weeks earlier arsonists struck Chevra Shas synagogue (197005060007). A Catholic Church in Dorchester sustained two arson attacks during this same time period (197005000001 and 197007000002).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 4, 1970.
"Vandals Strike Synagogs," Chicago Tribune, May 28, 1970.
Gerald H. Gamm, "Urban Exodus: Why the Jews Left Boston and the Catholics Stayed," Harvard University Press, 1999.