Worshipers Rescue Family in Car Fire Outside Synagogue on Passover
Two Jewish worshipers attending Passover celebrations at a synagogue on Craven Park Road, Tottenham, UK, courageously left their prayer books to free a family trapped in a car seconds before it blew up, according to the London’s Evening Standard.
When they heard a loud explosion outside, Moses Kupermann and a visiting Israeli named Shlomo bounded from the synagogue to help free the passengers of a Peugeot 307 that had come to a stop in front of their synagogue.
From the car, two adult passengers were able to break free, while an elderly man was frozen in panic, unable to open his seatbelt, who was helped then dragged free by the two men, according to the Haringey Independent. One of the travelers who was able to escape went into the backseat to rescue a child locked into a car seat.
“Hundreds of Jewish worshippers were celebrating Passover at the Craven Park Road Synagogue when the drama unfolded in the street outside,” the Haringey Independent said.
Michael Block, a congregant at the synagogue, told the Standard: “The people in the car realized there was going to be a problem and tried to get out, then fire started coming out.”
“One of the men is called Shlomo and he is an ex-Israeli soldier,” Block said. “He judged that the car was not going to blow up straight away and went to help. He was very brave. The family in the car were beside themselves and in shock. Shlomo is a lovely chap and he hasn’t been in this country for very long.”
On hero Shlomo, block said: “He is a well-meaning guy who saw there was a problem and went to try and help. He is definitely a local hero.”
A Met Police spokesman told the Standard that police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.