Synagogue leaders ask for return of stolen Torah

| January 4, 2012

MONTICELLO — Leaders of Monticello's Landfield Avenue Synagogue are hoping the congregation's stolen Torah will be found or returned by the thief who stole the sacred scroll sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

The $35,000 Sefer Torah, a handwritten copy of the first five books of the bible, was found to be missing, along with $200 meant for charity from two offices, about 10 a.m. Saturday

Whoever broke in bypassed computers, including laptops, and left with the cash and the seemingly hard-to-sell scroll.

"I can't make peace with it," Ben-Zion Chanowitz, the synagogue's rabbi, said Tuesday about the Torah. "It's not a table and chairs or pieces of furniture that was stolen."

Chanowitz walked through the synagogue on Tuesday morning, tracing the steps that led to discovery that the Torah was missing Saturday morning.

There was his tossed office and the office of the synagogue's secretary, with money missing from both. He then walked to one of three Holy Arks used to store the Torah.

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