Congregation Rachel Degel Israel, Kew Gardens Synagogue, Burglarized


One or more thiefs attacked Congregation Rachel Degel Israel recently — stealing silver Torah ornaments — and cops want your help catching them.

The crims hit the Kew Gardens synagogue, located at 144-02 68 Drive, sometime between 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The perps pilfered three silver Torah crowns and mini-crowns, three breastplates, four pointers, and one cup.

Reports of the thefts come just a day after Assemblyman Rory Lancman announced proposed legislation that would toughen penalties for crimes committed against houses of worship.

Seen these items? Know who might be involved? Then call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.