A 23-year-old man whom police described as homeless was arrested late Sunday in connection with the vandalism at an Orthoxox synagogue in Long Beach Saturday.
Long Beach Police Commissioner Ron Walsh identified the suspect as Hunter McElrath. Walsh said he had an extensive arrest record across the country. He declined to discuss the arrests, but said none were in Long Beach.
Rabbi Eli Goodman of Chabad of the Beaches said there had been a bar mitzvah at the synagogue Saturday morning.
The attack on the synagogue came two weeks before the important holidays of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
"It's a terrible thing," Goodman said of the damage. Torahs cost between $50,000 and $60,000 each. Goodman said the synagogue has 10 torahs, but many are too old to be used.
Goodman said holiday service will be held. The Chabad of the Beaches offers religious observances on the beach as well as inside the synagogue.
"For those who want to be inside, we will make it happen," Goodman said.