Flatbush: Hachnosas Sefer Torah for Four Stolen Sifrei Torah that Were Returned


This morning, a hachnosas Sefer Torah will be held at a Flatbush shul from which four Sifrei Torah were stolen two years ago and were later miraculously recovered.

The incident took place on Simchas Torah in 2016 at the Avenue O Synagogue/Ohel Yeshuah V’Sarah at 808 Avenue O in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The Sifrei Torah were stolen at 1 a.m., just hours after they were used for Hakafos by the mispallelim of the Syrian/Sefardic shul, which is led by its rov, Rav Shmuel Beyda.

The thief himself, or an accomplice, returned the Sifrei Torah in October 2016, and a man learning at the shul early in the morning found them in bags outside the building as he exited the shul at about 1:30 a.m. Video surveillance showed a man pulling an unmarked van up to the front of the shul  at about 1 a.m. and unloading the Sifrei Torah, which were in black garbage bags. After depositing them in front of the bet knesset, the man drove off.

The stolen Sefardic-style Sifrei Torah were valued at about $240,000.

The hachnosas Sefer Torah will feature the completion of a new Sefer Torah donated collectively by over 70 families of the shul and the surrounding community. The writing of the final osiyos will take place at 9 a.m. this morning at the home of Rav Beyda, located at 1425 East 10th Street. At 10:30 a.m., the Sefer Torah will be carried, amidst singing and dancing, up East 10th Street and on to Avenue O. A seudas mitzvah will follow at the shul after the procession. Mincha will take place at 1:20 p.m.

{CB Frommer-Matzav.com Newscenter}


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