On Friday evening, June 18, 2004, there was a serious arson attack at Aish UK’s Hendon center. Fortunately no one was in the building at the time. Three fire engines were required to get the blaze under control.
Two Torah scrolls were torn and desecrated in the attack. Much of the administrative offices have been destroyed and the entire function of the outreach center has been badly damaged. Initial estimates put damage in excess of $400,000.
The following is a speech Rabbi Naftali Schiff, the executive director of Aish UK, gave at a Show of Solidarity at Aish UK Headquarters.