Second Queens Synagogue Burgled In Six Months

Second Queens Synagogue Burgled In Six Months

Police released images of the items stolen from a Forest Hills synagogue last month. Photos courtesy of the NYPD.

Police say four religious items used in Jewish ceremonies were stolen from a Forest Hills synagogue some time on or before Monday, June 18.

Synagogue members discovered on June 18,that the four items were gone from Congregation Ahavath Sholom Synagogue, located at 75-02 113th St.

The stolen items include a Torah breast plate, a silver pointer, a silver-coated plate and a wine cup.

There was no sign of forced entry, however, police said.

Another Queens synagogue not far from Ahavath Sholom was burgled in February.

A burglar took three Torah crowns, two Torah mini-crowns, three Torah breast plates and two Torah pointers and a silver cup from Rachel Degel Israel. There were also no signs of forced entry.

In that case, police arrested 28-year-old Efram Sanders and recovered most of the objects stolen.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at
1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.


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