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Two Synagogue Robberies in Beit Shemesh

Beit Shemesh suffered two syngagogue break-ins overnight Wednesday, both on the same street.
By Yosef Berger
First Publish: 5/1/2014, 3:54 PM

A synagogue (file)
A synagogue (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Beit Shemesh suffered two syngagogue break-ins overnight Wednesday. Both synagogues were on the same street – Rabbi Tarfon Street, in the Kirya Hareidi section of the city.

Thieves made off with a large number of ritual objects, including Torah scroll cases, members of both congregations told Arutz Sheva.

“We are in shock,” said one of the synagogue worshippers. “They took shofars and expensive Torah scroll covers, and broke into other rooms in the building, looking for things to steal.”

Police have opened an investigation, however they note that there are no leads yet.

Recently, other synagogues in the town have experienced similar break-ins, with Torah scrolls, among other things, taken in those robberies. Police will try to establish if there is a pattern to the thefts.

A synagogue in the town of Ezer, located near the coast between Ashdod and Ashkelon, was broken into in January. Vandals had broken the Torah ark door off its hinges and torn Torah scrolls which were found thrown on the floor.

The vandals also damaged other holy items, leaving them scattered on the floor as well. Similar vandalism was found in an adjacent synagogue, where Torah scrolls and objects were likewise damaged and discarded.