Monroe, N.Y. - Torah Abandoned on Short Line Bus
A sacred Torah scroll has been found, apparently left on a ShortLine Coach USA bus and company officials have enlisted the aid of officials in the Village of Kiryas Joel to find its owner.
Village Public Safety Director Moses Witriol retrieved the scroll from ShortLine headquarters in Mahwah, NJ and the bus company and he are trying to determine its rightful owner and return it.
Witriol told MidHudsonNews.com the Torah is between 20 and 30 years old and in good condition.
ShortLine is attempted to determine what route that particular bus had in an effort to find its owner. Witriol suspects it belongs to a congregation that spends the summer months in Sullivan County and may have brought with its members by bus recently.
For now, the sacred scroll is locked up in a Kiryas Joel synagogue.
If anyone has an idea as to who the Torah belongs to, they are asked to call the Village of Kiryas Joel Public Safety Office at 845-782-5577.