In breaking news, the NYPD has confirmed that nine Torah scrolls were stolen from a synagogue in Brooklyn. According to the NYPD, two men and one woman broke into Maase Rokach Congregation on 12th Avenue and 55th street in Borough Park. The robbery occurred sometime on Sunday April 2nd, between 3:11 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. The congregation members called the police on Sunday afternoon. Police believe that the suspects fled in a four door white SUV. The value of the Torah scrolls has been estimated at $223,000. As we know, for the Jewish people a Torah scroll is worth infinitely more than the monetary value. Throughout our history, facing persecutions, Jews were ready even to risk their lives to protect a Torah.
The troubling discovery “was first spotted by a person associated with the synagogue who noticed significant damage to the basement door and saw several books were missing from a book cabinet,” as reported by the NY Times. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made yet. Police are looking for any available surveillance videos. If you have any information which may be of assistance, please contact the synagogue board or the NYPD. You may choose to do so confidentially.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a Torah scroll has been stolen. Last October, four Torah scrolls were stolen from an Avenue O synagogue in Brooklyn. Surveillance camera caught a man dressed in a yarmulke. In that instance, days later the Torahs were mysteriously returned to the Shul unharmed. The 35-year-old man who had allegedly stolen the scrolls was arrested and charged with burglary, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
By: Hadassa Kalatizadeh