Rab­bis fear for stolen sifrei To­rah

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THIEVES WHO raided the Mill Hill home of rab­bis Jackie and Larry Tabick thought the metal cab­i­net they took away housed valu­able gems. In fact, it con­tained two sifrei To­rah be­long­ing to the Shir Hayim Re­form com­mu­nity in Hamp­stead, where Larry Tabick is min­is­ter.

Now the cou­ple fear the rob­bers have dumped the scrolls, as they would be dif­fi­cult to sell with­out arous­ing sus­pi­cion.

Shir Hayim is one of the small­est Re­form con­gre­ga­tions with around 80 adult mem­bers. Its third se­fer To­rah, a Czech memo­rial scroll, was stored at an­other lo­ca­tion.

Other com­mu­ni­ties have of­fered to lend a se­fer To­rah to Shir Hayim, among them West Cen­tral Lib­eral Sy­n­a­gogue, which is served by Jackie Tabick.

A small amount of cash and some jew­ellery of in­signif­i­cant value were also taken in the raid.

“We imag­ine the thieves will have been most dis­ap­pointed when they opened the cab­i­net,” Jackie Tabick re­flected.

“No jew­ellery, just two scrolls. And we as­sume they have thrown away the cab­i­net and the scrolls.”

One of the miss­ing scrolls has a blue man­tle, the other has a red one. Both feature gold em­broi­dered He­brew letters. It is be­lieved they were orig­i­nally pur­chased in Is­rael.

The Tabicks are urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to ring the lo­cal po­lice on 101.

One of the miss­ing scrolls

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