Published: Sep 16, 2010 7:52 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 4:52 PM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida synagogue is fighting foreclosure as it prepares to mark the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

The Palm Beach Post reported Thursday that a bank is threatening to seize Congregation Chabad-Lubavitch, just west of Boynton Beach, to pay off its delinquent loan. Among the assets it stands to seize is the temple's five Torahs.

An attorney for the synagogue says the threat amounts to "a desecration" just ahead of the Yom Kippur holy day Friday.

The president of Stonegate Bank says they simply want to get paid.