Torah books stolen from Belgium’s largest synagogue

| May 31, 2010

At least four Torah books were stolen Friday night from the largest synagogue in Belgium.

Jewish worshippers who arrived at the main synagogue in Antwerp were shocked to find that it had been broken into.

The burglars apparently broke into the synagogue's seminary through a door that connects it to a hall. They proceeded to open the Holy Ark and steal the books.

Pinchas Kornfeld, head of the city's Jewish community, told Ynet on Sunday that it remains unclear how the burglars knew they could enter the seminary through the side hall. "Perhaps they had inside information," he said.

"The last people to leave the synagogue closed the seminary, and the first ones to arrive in the morning noticed that the Holy Ark had been broken into with special tools," he said.

Kornfeld said the burglars took between four and six Torah books. "These books are worth a lot of money, and this is why they were apparently stolen. The investigation has just begun, and so far we don't know anything," he said.,7340,L-3896356,00.html

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