New York: Torahs found, synagogue employee arrested

September 4, 2008 20:33


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Eight scrolls of Hebrew Scriptures taken from a New York City synagogue have been found, and a synagogue employee has been arrested on charges of stealing them. The Torahs are valued at around $500,000. They were taken in August from the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens. Rabbis discovered them missing before a service. Many of the congregants are Holocaust survivors, and the Torahs had been dedicated to their families. On Thursday, police arrested a maintenance worker and an alleged accomplice on charges of criminal possession of stolen property. Each Torah is a scroll of parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.

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