Queens Torah Thief Sentenced to 1 Year
Kew Gardens Hills is a conservative synagogue with a large elderly population. Reached by phone on Friday, Pearl, the synagogue bookkeeper, said, "There are elderly people, some of them have survived the Holocaust, and when they came to pray on Saturday morning, they were horrified. They thought it was a joke! One man -- he's been coming every Friday for years - nearly had a heart attack when he opened the arc." Pearl added, "The guy who stole them didn't even know what he had taken." Photo (cc) rubberpaw.