Following Devastating Fire, Crown Heights Mitzvah Tank Launches Fundraiser


Following a devastating fire in Crown Heights that torched a famous Mitzvah Tank, Rabbi Yehuda Pevzner has launched a fundraiser to replace the destroyed Chabad House on wheels.

“We need your help to put this incredible vehicle of the Rebbe’s mivtzoyim back to its post, and to continue to bring so much light into this world,” the fundraiser says. “The Rebbe held a special place in his heart for the mitzvah tank, and anyone who occupied himself in the Rebbe’s mivtzoyim.”

Rabbi Yehuda Pevzner got the harrowing call around 2:20am on a Friday morning with the news that his Mitzvah Tank was on fire.

“I got a call that the tank is on fire,” Rabbi Pevzner told “I got there and was heartbroken to see that the inside of the Mitzvah tank was burning.”

Video from a witness shows smoke and flames shooting from the side of the tank, presumably the site of the Mitzvah Tank’s electrical panel.

The firefighters arrived quickly, but between the fire and water used to douse the flames, the Mitzvah Tank was left destroyed.

“We are devastated to inform you that one of our Mitzvah Tanks was almost completely burnt down last night,” the Mitzvah Tank’s Organizers said. “If you were touched by the Mitzvah Tank in the past, please consider making a donation to help us cover the damages!”

The Mitzvah Tank destroyed had been targeted twice while in Manhattan with anti-Israel graffiti, making Jewish headlines at the time of the incidents.

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