Police Uncover Student-Dug Tunnel in New York Synagogue | Jot Beat

2 min readJan 11, 2024
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New York’s building authorities have taken swift action following the discovery of an unauthorized tunnel at a historic synagogue. The Chabad Lubavitch movement’s global headquarters, a site steeped in Jewish heritage, now finds itself at the center of a perplexing and concerning situation.

Tunnel Discovery Prompts Urgent Response

After a thorough investigation by the city’s Department of Buildings, the dimensions of the tunnel were revealed to be quite substantial: 60 feet in length, 8 feet wide, and 5 feet high.

This clandestine passage, which stretches beneath several nearby structures, has triggered a series of emergency responses to ensure the stability and safety of these buildings.

Andrew Rudansky, speaking on behalf of the buildings department, expressed the seriousness of the situation in a statement to the Associated Press,

“Emergency work orders have been issued to secure the buildings above the tunnel. Additionally, parts of the buildings have been vacated to protect the occupants, and the property owners are facing penalties for this unlawful construction.”

The synagogue, renowned for its Gothic Revival facade and revered as a spiritual beacon, attracts thousands of visitors annually…




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