Police: Several Sacred Items Stolen From Forest Hills Synagogue

| July 1, 2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for the burglars who stole sacred items from a Queens synagogue.

Two Torah plates, a pointer and a wine cup were discovered missing from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue in Forest Hills last Monday, police said.

The silver items are worth nearly $6,000. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.

Bernard Gelman is the president at the synagogue. When he discovered someone had stolen religious items used for worship, he was more than upset.

“I feel miserable, who goes into a sanctuary and steals?” Gelman said. “It’s sacrilegious.”

Stolen were eight silver breast plates that cover Torah scrolls, which are considered holy. Also taken were the silver pointers that are used to read the Torah and a silver-coated plate and a ritual wine cup.



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